Sydney White

Metascore
45

Mixed or average reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 21
  2. Negative: 3 out of 21

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Critic Reviews

  1. 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.
  2. 14-year-old girls will dig its amiable energy.
  3. Although Bynes exudes a devil-may-care attitude that is fun to watch, the formulaic movie ultimately falls apart around her.
  4. Cute and cartoonish rule the day, and teens and tweens will be the film's chief audience.
  5. For all these references to the fairytale, Sydney White soon takes an easier path, recycling familiar "Mean Girls" and "Revenge of the Nerds" scenarios.
  6. 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.
  7. Unfortunately, though, Bynes' persistent mugging only emphasizes Nussbaum's relentlessly cartoonish direction.
  8. 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.
  9. 50
    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.
  10. 50
    Result should satisfy Bynes fans looking for a pleasant, innocuous follow-up to her last vehicle.
  11. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    50
    Each twist and turn is so telegraphed and expected that the story feels wan and the comedy feeble.
  12. 40
    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.
  13. 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.
User Score
7.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 20 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. Aug 13, 2014
    5
    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 aThe 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 »
  2. GeorgeO.
    Sep 23, 2007
    10
    Fun movie with a great message!
  3. MarcusA.
    Jan 25, 2008
    0
    I couldn't stand seeing this movie with 3 good reviews, so I brought it down a peg.