Metascore
35

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 32
  2. Negative: 15 out of 32
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  1. Very much a freshman effort, lacking focus, edge.
  2. 50
    The same bland vision of teendom that's become inescapable on the small and big screens.
  3. A derisively vicious show-off satire, a plastic exercise in authority bashing.
  4. 50
    Mirren is about the only reason this slow-moving revenge tale tingles at all.
  5. Reviewed by: Ted Gideonse
    50
    There are some very funny moments, and Coughlan is a delight as Leigh Anne's best friend.
  6. 50
    Wholly predictable and implausible plotting, thin characterizations, and stilted dialogue.
  7. The tone of the film malingers somewhere between hyper-real comedy and thriller, but neither element really shines through.
  8. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    40
    Neither very dark nor particularly funny.
  9. 40
    A wildly uneven and sloppily directed movie, full of clashing tones and undigested bits of superior films.
  10. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    40
    It's too empty to applaud, too insignificant to deplore.
  11. 40
    Williamson's directorial debut is a sad affair, devoid of shocks, surprises, or even his clever trademark diologue.
  12. Newly benign and noticeably clumsier than the hits (Williamson) has written.
User Score
1.5

Overwhelming dislike- based on 92 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. May 17, 2015
    0
    This movie should never have been made. Kevin Williamson is strictly a writer, he wrote the screenplays for the Scream series and The Faculty.This movie should never have been made. Kevin Williamson is strictly a writer, he wrote the screenplays for the Scream series and The Faculty. He'd never directed a movie before this one. His lack of experience shows in in how the movie only has Katie Holmes. Also the plot and his direction go nowhere. The movie pitched itself as a dark comedy but the comedy and the darkness of the movie is its downfall not its empowerment. The movie attempted to emulate the other dark comedies that were released that year, Election and Jawbreaker. This movie is utterly incompetent on every reviewable level and the critical reviews were absolutely accurate with this movie. Full Review »
  2. BradL.
    Dec 26, 2005
    10
    If u haven't seen it, u have missed a lot.