Mixed or average reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 21
  2. Negative: 3 out of 21
  1. Reviewed by: Adam Schubak
    I like Amanda Bynes movies…and I’m a dork!
  2. "Revenge of the Nerds" is way cooler in its proud defense of geekosity, no question. But anti-ditz role model Amanda Bynes just happens to be cute.
  3. The result is a charmer that boldly marches where lesser movies - at least since the heyday of John Hughes - fear to tread.
  4. 63
    Its silly Snow White allusions aside, Sydney White is a simple but amiable modern fairy tale.
  5. 63
    Destined to enchant the slumber parties.
  6. 60
    Ms. Bynes, with her cherubic face, expressive eyes and comic timing, helps create a positive, pleasing diversion that caters to the geek in all of us.
  7. 14-year-old girls will dig its amiable energy.
  8. Reviewed by: Andy Spletzer
    Although Bynes exudes a devil-may-care attitude that is fun to watch, the formulaic movie ultimately falls apart around her.
  9. Cute and cartoonish rule the day, and teens and tweens will be the film's chief audience.
  10. Reviewed by: Maureen M. Hart
    Director Joe Nussbaum (“Sleepover”) doesn’t do much with his cast; there’s a lot of standing around as he indulges Bynes’ tendency to mug.
  11. Unfortunately, though, Bynes' persistent mugging only emphasizes Nussbaum's relentlessly cartoonish direction.
  12. A mediocre college comedy that blends bits of "Revenge of the Nerds," "Mean Girls" and "Legally Blonde" and doesn't have much to show for it.
  13. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Each twist and turn is so telegraphed and expected that the story feels wan and the comedy feeble.
  14. For all these references to the fairytale, Sydney White soon takes an easier path, recycling familiar "Mean Girls" and "Revenge of the Nerds" scenarios.
  15. Reviewed by: Lael Loewenstein
    Result should satisfy Bynes fans looking for a pleasant, innocuous follow-up to her last vehicle.
  16. Reviewed by: Joshua Katzman
    While the film's premise is shamelessly hokey and Joe Nussbaum's direction is at best pedestrian, props are due the young cast, especially Bynes, whose can-do optimism seems genuine if ultimately overdone.
  17. Reviewed by: Luke Y. Thompson
    Unfortunately, this film doesn’t have the cojones to take the fairy tale all the way and have Rachel marry Sydney’s dad (or cast actual dwarfs). But director Joe Nussbaum knows his dorkdom, and nails it.
  18. 40
    Sydney White is a carnival of ethnic and social stereotypes that are rising up against the lily-white status quo. In Hollywood, blond princesses and fairy tales die hard.
  19. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Sydney White makes "Mean Girls" look like Shakespeare.
  20. Reviewed by: Toddy Burton
    It’s cheesy and contrived, but even the most watered-down stories retain elements of the original masterpieces.
  21. 0
    What's the excuse for dumbing down Snow White to moron level? Are there really people out there who thought the original version just didn't have enough toilet jokes?
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. Aug 13, 2014
    The story is really bad and the acting is not really good.The result is a movie predictable with bad acting and bad characters.We don't give a **** what is happening to Sydney,we all know she's gonna win anyway. Full Review »