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  • Summary: Elle Woods (Witherspoon) has it all. She's the president of her sorority, a Hawaiian Tropic girl, Miss June in her campus calendar, and, above all, a natural blonde. She dates the cutest fraternity boy on campus and wants nothing more than to be Mrs. Warner Huntington III. But, there's just one thing stopping Warner (Davis) from popping the question: Elle is TOO blonde. So, when Warner packs up for Harvard Law and reunites with an old sweetheart from prep school, Elle rallies all her resources and gets into Harvard, determined to win him back. (MGM) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    80
    If this Popsicle of a movie melts long before it's over, the first half has more good laughs than all of “Sweethearts.”
  2. 80
    In a perfect marriage of player and part, Reese Witherspoon is Elle Woods.
  3. Smart screwball comedy that upends the stereotype of the airhead towhead.
  4. Like all blond jokes, Legally Blonde is basically meanspirited, and that's when it's funniest.
  5. 60
    Witherspoon's sophisticated-pixie brilliance practically makes the movie, and her easy, confident, curvaceous carriage doesn't hurt, either -- she's the thinking guy's cupcake, maybe because her mind is just as supple as her curves.
  6. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    60
    The mildly engaging silliness of its premise is never transformed into something more substantial, and the attempt at a fine-tuned "Clueless"-like tone is only sputteringly achieved.
  7. 40
    The muddiness of the basic concept and the thinness of its execution eventually defeat even Witherspoon's talents.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 43
  2. Negative: 5 out of 43
  1. Jun 11, 2013
    9
    Wonderfully entertaining. Even though it was unbelievably unrealistic, that is what just made it great. It is just fun to watch and puts you in a good mood. Decent performances all around. Expand
  2. Mar 31, 2012
    8
    Legally Blonde might look stupid but it isn't a stupid movie. Reese gives a hilarious performance and there many laughs thoughout. It was much better than i expected. Expand
  3. Jan 25, 2014
    7
    Legally Blonde is a sweet movie with a soft center and a likable protagonist. Reese Witherspoon is perfect as Elle Woods, the naïve, determined gal who wants to prove she can do what she sets her mind to. Expand
  4. Nov 12, 2012
    6
    The script was good, but it could've been even better. This had potential to be one of those subtle, intelligent social comedies that really sneaks up on you. It isn't that, but it's a good time nevertheless. Expand
  5. Nov 13, 2013
    4
    Legally Blonde is simply forgettable.
    With a concept of defying stereotypes, Legally Blonde succeeds to have moments of laughter but overall,
    out runs its very small window of opportunity. Expand
  6. Dec 24, 2012
    4
    This movie is dull. I am a 16 year old girl, and I actually love chick flicks (it is a guilty pleasure of mine) I knew going in it was going to bad mediocre at best. If you're bored, this is the movie for you. It's not horrible, but it is forgotten after a viewer has watched it. The script: Eh. Acting: Nothing special. Effects; None. Story: Predictable. Diagnosis: Expect a cute movie that does inspire a greater respect, but ultimately, a film we could do without. Expand
  7. Mar 3, 2012
    3
    Any early potential this film has as a comedy gets drowned out quickly by the self-indulgent, preachy whine of "See? Girls can do smart stuff too!"

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