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  • Summary: In this sophisticated comedy, Evan Rachel Wood plays Kimberly Joyce, and insanely intelligent, wildly funny, shockingly cruel and sexy-beyond-her-years Beverly Hills teenager who will stop at nothing to become famous. (Samuel Goldwyn Films)
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 29
  2. Negative: 9 out of 29
  1. Reviewed by: David Gilmour
    88
    It is also extremely well-written in the fearless way of a smarty pants on a roll in the university cafeteria.
  2. It's too bad that the satire is not more pointed, because Pretty Persuasion is outrageously funny in short blasts, mainly thanks to James Woods at his most gleefully depraved.
  3. Reviewed by: Dan Jolin
    60
    A teenie "To Die For" whose flaws are superceded by a complex, compelling turn from Evan Rachel Wood.
  4. 50
    If the resulting film doesn't work equally well at all levels, Wood (who starred in "Thirteen") gives an astonishing performance that pushes it most of the way there.
  5. 40
    A high school send-up more gleefully incorrect than "Heathers" and considerably less articulate than "Election," Pretty Persuasion is a hand grenade lobbed at no place in particular.
  6. Not funny because it's not true.
  7. The disingenuous attempt to give the tawdry story some kind of social import only makes the tinny caricatures more insincere, while his erotic display of 15-year-old girls isn't a satire of a sexualized culture, it's just dirty.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
  2. Negative: 2 out of 11

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