Metascore
59

Mixed or average reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
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  1. Reviewed by: Ed Epstein
    80
    Thanks to Ms. Witherspoon's artful portrayal of a winning, if beachless, Gidget, I found Legally Blonde very enjoyable.
  2. 80
    In a perfect marriage of player and part, Reese Witherspoon is Elle Woods.
  3. Blondes may or may not have more fun, but in this one case, they certainly provide more fun.
  4. 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.”
  5. 75
    Guilty of inciting a near-laugh riot thanks to an irresistible leading lady whose comic instincts are as impeccable as her manicure.
  6. Witherspoon goes further, pouring so much humor and pizzazz into Elle that she lifts up the whole movie.
  7. 75
    A featherweight comedy balanced between silliness and charm.
  8. Smart screwball comedy that upends the stereotype of the airhead towhead.
  9. Imagine the sequel to "Clueless" reconceived as a peroxide "Paper Chase" and punched up with a valley girl version of "My Cousin Vinny" for the climax.
  10. 70
    With her ductile physicality and undeniable charm, Witherspoon remains acutely present even when everyone else -- director, writers and cast -- has checked out.
  11. 70
    Witherspoon turns in yet another stellar, nuanced comic performance.
  12. She may be follically blond, but as an actor of distinction who's all of 25, Reese Witherspoon reveals interesting dark roots even as she plays golden girls.
  13. 67
    Alas, the movie just isn't bouncy, fresh or funny enough. It's just not blonde enough.
  14. Somewhere in that chirpy half-pint frame dwell some meaty comic chops. Goldie Hawn may have found her successor.
  15. Reviewed by: Connie Ogle
    63
    Unashamedly sticks with its light comedy roots.
  16. Like all blond jokes, Legally Blonde is basically meanspirited, and that's when it's funniest.
  17. 63
    A smart comedy about a smart blonde -- that would be a sensation. But a dumb comedy about a smart blonde turns out to be not bad.
  18. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    63
    There's always Witherspoon, swimming upstream and never letting it slow her down. Blindingly purposeful, she's a perky blond tornado. Marilyn Monroe would not only have cheered her on. She'd have learned something.
  19. 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.
  20. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    60
    I half-admire its exquisite balancing act, squeezing laughs out of its leading lady's wardrobe, vocabulary, gestures, and cretinously oblivious Beverly Hills sense of entitlement, while simultaneously demonstrating her brilliance, sturdy ethics, and unflappable egalitarianism.
  21. 60
    Witherspoon -- though miles from the keen satire of "Election" -- stays one sharp cookie even as her film crumbles.
  22. 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.
  23. 50
    A junk-food movie striving to be nutritious -- it's one of your racier Be Yourself after-school specials crossed with 'Who Moved My Cheese?" for Cosmo girls.
  24. Witherspoon fills the screen with bright-eyed bounce. The rest of the cast is as forgettable as the flimsy story.
  25. Benefits enormously from smart casting across the board.
  26. Guilty of squandering resources. Amusing as it goes about setting up its premise, in Witherspoon, the gifted veteran of "Election" and "Pleasantville," it has an actress willing to throw herself completely into the part to excellent effect.
  27. Merely a watery, poorly directed update of "Clueless."
  28. The character as written is incoherent, but Ms. Witherspoon has the reflexes to make Elle both appealing and ridiculous. It's funny -- in that slightly queasy, un-P.C. Doris Day kind of way.
  29. Really nothing more than "Clueless" redux but without the edgy, knowing wit.
  30. 40
    The muddiness of the basic concept and the thinness of its execution eventually defeat even Witherspoon's talents.
  31. 40
    That's just not enough to recommend it, though it does have one moment of real justice: The person sentenced to jail has truly bad hair.
User Score
7.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 100 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 45
  2. Negative: 5 out of 45
  1. May 15, 2015
    6
    Don't ignore the laughability of Legally Blonde. This is not just a cutesy chick flick that it helps to mock. It's a film about woman and aDon't ignore the laughability of Legally Blonde. This is not just a cutesy chick flick that it helps to mock. It's a film about woman and a strong one at that. Reese Witherspoon gives us quite the showcase too. Full Review »
  2. Apr 27, 2014
    10
    I love this movie. It is a perfectly comedic chick flick that Reese Witherspoon has put her stamp all over. She is perfect in her role as ElleI love this movie. It is a perfectly comedic chick flick that Reese Witherspoon has put her stamp all over. She is perfect in her role as Elle Woods and I couldn't imagine anyone else taking that part. It is very light hearted and the script is really funny. It is one of my all-time favourite movies. Plus it shows everyone that us blondes aren't always as stupid as everyone thinks! "Whoever said orange was the new pink, was seriously disturbed!" Full Review »
  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,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. Full Review »