Mixed or average reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 26
  2. Negative: 1 out of 26
  1. 75
    The movie's screenplay is contrived and not blindingly original, but Barrymore illuminates it with sunniness, and creates a lovable character
  2. 50
    Saying bad things about Never Been Kissed, an unapologetic crowd-pleaser, makes me feel like the Grinch stealing Christmas, but there are some things that can't be ignored.
  3. 60
    Toothless satire relatively inoffensive and relentlessly mediocre.
  4. Some so-so movies are just easy to be around, and this is one of them.
  5. Barrymore pulls off the neatest trick of the year: She makes all this pop schlock matter.
  6. The best things about Never Been Kissed are its colorful camera work and funny dialogue.
  7. So hopelessly cartoonish and wrongheaded in its details that there's not even a semblance of reality.
  8. Labored miscalculation of a teen-trend comedy.
  9. An easygoing and amusing romantic confection.
  10. Where Never Been Kissed succeeds is in its unabashed refusal to stoop to choosing sides in the high-school hipness war.
  11. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    Not even Drew Barrymore's million-dollar smile can save this humiliating comedy.
  12. 50
    Manages to get by on wry smarts, barbed asides, and plenty of Barrymore's comic grace.
  13. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    It demands to be seen, for Drew Barrymore, who is at once the dizziest and most magically poised comedienne in movies today.
  14. 70
    There are some indignities that Drew Barrymore should never be made to suffer.
  15. Drew Barrymore has figured out what works, and what works for Drew Barrymore is this: Cinderella stories.
  16. 70
    Drew Barrymore's virtuoso performance smooths over the plot holes.
  17. 50
    Predictable, slightly painful and as embarrassing as all get-out.
  18. 50
    Never Been Kissed features a fierce tug of war between the charm of Drew Barrymore and the stupidity of the script.
  19. Reviewed by: Robert Horton
    Barrymore's sunny energy pushes the movie along, but halfway through you realize there just isn't that much to push.
  20. Reviewed by: Sean Means
    Shining above it all, like a kewpie-doll saint, is Drew Barrymore -- whose sweet innocence and sexy romanticism have survived movies as bad as this before
  21. Reviewed by: Ron Wells
    Unfortunately, the script is a light romantic comedy and unwilling to go the extra distance to really make it stick.
  22. Reviewed by: Ted Gideonse
    The script is an odd take on the Cinderella formula, but Barrymore makes it shine with her relentless charm.
  23. Reviewed by: Lael Loewenstein
    A likable romantic comedy with an engaging premise and strong cast.
  24. Reviewed by: Hal Hinson
    If Drew Barrymore weren't at the center holding it all together, the result could have been disastrous.
  25. Reviewed by: Justine Elias
    A lively tribute to the awkwardness and power of adolescent girlhood.
  26. Reviewed by: Bruce Diones
    The film, which Barrymore produced, is meant to be a charming coming-of-age story, but it plays a little too sweetly for its own good.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 28 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. Jul 9, 2014
    Never Been Kissed is an amusing romantic comedy with Drew Barrymore. The movie hits the right notes
    and has a talented cast that includes
    Barrymore, Arquette, Reily and Molly Shannon. Barrymore and
    Arquette elevated the quality of the movie, without them and the rest of the cast this movie would've
    fell flat.
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  2. Sep 7, 2014
    Never Been Kissed is sharply witty, funny and has a popular cast that make the movie run smoothly.
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  3. Sep 7, 2014
    Never Been Kissed is an amusing romantic comedy with David Arquette and Drew Barrymore.
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