Mean Girls

Metascore
66

Generally favorable reviews - based on 39 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 39
  2. Negative: 0 out of 39

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Critic Reviews

  1. 60
    Lohan is a warm and engaging presence, but she's completely outshone by the bad girls, and when they're offscreen, Mean Girls is an oddly restrained, barely plotted movie.
  2. 60
    Strikes a carefully calibrated balance between the film's darkly malicious sense of humor and its pastel sets and costumes.
  3. Wall Street Journal
    Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    60
    A high school comedy that is sharply observed and often terrifically funny, yet oddly misconceived.
  4. 60
    Pleasantly acted and moderately funny, but it lacks the genuine bile that made "Heathers" (1987) so bracing.
  5. The New Yorker
    Reviewed by: Anthony Lane
    60
    It's all very well to satirize perfect white females, but if you're sick of their attitudes why single them out as protagonists in the first place? What happened to the Asian Nerds? Or the Unfriendly Black Hotties? Or the tired teachers? Why can't we see a movie about them? [10 May 2004, p. 108]
  6. It is Fey’s refusal to talk down to her audience that elevates Mean Girls above most other teen movies out there.
  7. 60
    Despite its shortcomings -- it’s still one of the better teen movies to come along in a while.
  8. Beyond the philosophizing, Mean Girls is a standard collection of low comic jokes.
  9. Wistful voiceover explains too much, and, even worse, interrupts the requisite Teen Movie Climactic Speech.
  10. 50
    Basically a watered-down collage of scenes from "Heathers," "Clueless," "Sixteen Candles" and numerous other teen flicks.
  11. The film can't decide between black comedy and bubblegum comedy, so it shoots aimlessly in between.
  12. 50
    All Fey does is apply a smattering of wit to the story.
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 298 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 85 out of 107
  2. Negative: 7 out of 107
  1. AnnaW
    Jan 1, 2009
    10
    This is a great amkerican movie... Rachel McAdams do a fantastic job... Lindsay LOhan is good. Mean Girls is a fantastic movie!
  2. AllenK.
    Dec 17, 2005
    2
    Awful. Boring. Dumb. Poorly constructed. Poehler is the only saving's grace.
  3. Apr 4, 2016
    10
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