She's the Man

Metascore
45

Mixed or average reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 28
  2. Negative: 6 out of 28

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    50
    As insistent as its heroine to get its point across, She's the Man gathers up enough energy and likeable goodwill that it almost skirts past some extremely strained passages in which Bynes plays out being a boy.
  2. 50
    Doesn't have an unpredictable moment in it, borrowing heavily from just about every sports movie or teen comedy ever and, oh yeah, "Twelfth Night."
  3. 50
    She’s the Man amounts to little more than softcore porn for the tween set, with aesthetics ripped from the pages of the Abercrombie & Fitch catalog and virtually every scene revolving around Viola/Sebastian’s crafty escape from some impromptu disrobing.
  4. As an actress, Bynes is wholesome to a fault. She impersonates a teenage boy yet never gives him one good dirty thought.
  5. Another gate-crasher at the let's-do-a-mediocre-update-of-Shakespeare party.
  6. 50
    Neither smart enough nor funny enough to have cross-over appeal to any other demographic.
  7. 50
    Fickman mostly soft-pedals the play's homosexual panic, generating a comedy that lacks both the verbal sophistication of its source and the sexual sophistication of its target audience.
  8. A cross-dressing comedy that's all dressing can only, well, leave you cross.
  9. 50
    Thanks to a winning cast, all of this is funnier than you would expect considering the erratic script.
  10. Has a certain charm and is sure to appeal to tweens, at least the female variety.
  11. 50
    The girls who adore the likable Everygirl Bynes will find a lot to enjoy about the film, especially the boys who look as though they just were lounging around the Abercrombie & Fitch catalog.
  12. Reviewed by: Anna Smith
    40
    The highschool hijinks may entertain the young, but those more familiar with the Bard will recognise this as a wasted opportunity.
User Score
6.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 87 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 32
  2. Negative: 7 out of 32
  1. Jul 6, 2016
    10
    I LOVE THIS MOVIE SO MUCH! I've watched it so many times! It is one of my all time favourite movies! I definitely recommend it! It is soI LOVE THIS MOVIE SO MUCH! I've watched it so many times! It is one of my all time favourite movies! I definitely recommend it! It is so enjoyable and it is so funny! Full Review »
  2. Feb 19, 2016
    6
    'She's the Man' has an interesting premise that could have been executed effortlessly...but the question is; how do you execute this premise'She's the Man' has an interesting premise that could have been executed effortlessly...but the question is; how do you execute this premise so well? Someday there may be another movie out there that will do that, but for now, this might have to suffice. Unless you count the Robin Williams classic 'Mrs Doubtfire' (1993).

    Amanda Bynes plays Viola, a young high school girl who loves to play soccer, and discovers that her brother Sebastian (James Kirk) is secretly heading to London for a while. She then decides to go undercover as her brother as a scheme to get into the soccer team...hopefully without anybody noticing.

    Things start to get even more complicated as there is a strange romance blooming for Viola, she becomes infatuated with her roommate Duke (Channing Tatum), but she needs to play it cool.

    This movie did make me laugh from time to time, as the comedic timing from Bynes mostly, proves to be very rewarding for the movie's benefit. My main issue with the movie comes from the fact that it is full of some unrealistically obnoxious side characters that are not funny nor making the movie any more intriguing. 6/10, middling comedic entertainment.
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  3. Jan 1, 2014
    1
    This film failed to impress me. Amanda Bynes is the only decent part of it as she plays her role well but apart from that the rest of it justThis film failed to impress me. Amanda Bynes is the only decent part of it as she plays her role well but apart from that the rest of it just went for goal but fell flat on it's face. Full Review »