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  • Summary: Determined to live out her fantasy of forging a storybook relationship with her long-absent dad, a spirited young American girl (Bynes) impulsively hops a flight to London, where she quickly discovers that her father (Firth) is a high profile politician. (Warner Bros.)
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 27
  2. Negative: 7 out of 27
  1. In her sassy but scrubbed way, Bynes is a real charmer, and What a Girl Wants is a likable throwaway.
  2. Works well enough. It has a decided plus in its appealing young star, Amanda Bynes, last seen opposite Frankie Muniz in "Big Fat Liar."
  3. Reviewed by: Clint Morris
    While this is far from an avant-garde, ingenious flick, it uses a dependable formula that’ll definitely deliver.
  4. 50
    Pleasant bubblegum romp, which was inspired by the old Sandra Dee picture "The Reluctant Debutante."
  5. Reviewed by: Karen Heller
    Designed as the ideal confection to attract a young girl or teen, What a Girl Wants will more likely hook their mothers.
  6. Very sketchily based upon "The Reluctant Debutante" (minus the charm, plot, and characterization).
  7. Young audiences may welcome this movie, but girls, and boys, should want more.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 20
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 20
  3. Negative: 6 out of 20
  1. Christine
    Nov 2, 2005
    I think it's a great's true that it's a girl movie.but it's cool....colin firth is the best.
  2. JaniceP.
    Jul 29, 2007
    I would recommend this movie to everyone to watch. there were happy and sad moments and it reaches out to the young and the old. The cast is incredible especially Amanda Bynes and Colin Firth. Expand
  3. Katherine
    Aug 8, 2006
    I thought it ws good. Not great.
  4. clay
    Jan 25, 2007
    Lame. total copy off Cinderella, and not even in a clever way. good film if you love stereotypes though.
  5. Jan 23, 2012
    A horrible teenage flick that is only good for a certain audience: otherwise What A Girl Wants fails. I guess I can say this movie is What A Girl Wants, but not what anyone else wants. Expand

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