What a Girl Wants

User Score
7.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 41 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 41
  2. Negative: 8 out of 41

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  1. Jan 23, 2012
    2
    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.
  2. BitaM.
    Aug 22, 2003
    0
    even if they gave you free tickets to see this movie, i suggest you run in the opposite direction! It was honestly the worst movie ever seen. Do not see it...trust me.
  3. PaulaW.
    Aug 12, 2003
    0
    This repulsive kiddie flick is packed with mildewed stereotypes and hideous flat dialogue. Why did I see it? Don't ask. I cringed through the whole thing. If you have a choice between seeing this and getting your head pounded with a rubber mallet for 100 minutes, go with the mallet. Trust me.
  4. MichelleP.
    Aug 23, 2003
    3
    Amanda Bynes is a very funny actress which was the main reason I wanted to see this film. I wanted to like it, but Amanda was so serious throughout the movie that I was wondering if this was Amanda's evil clone acting. It lacked so much humor as well, and because of that the movie really dragged a lot. Each character except the dad was underdeveloped and lacked so much change. I felt Amanda Bynes is a very funny actress which was the main reason I wanted to see this film. I wanted to like it, but Amanda was so serious throughout the movie that I was wondering if this was Amanda's evil clone acting. It lacked so much humor as well, and because of that the movie really dragged a lot. Each character except the dad was underdeveloped and lacked so much change. I felt the movie was taking itself way too seriously at many parts and really needed to lighten up. Expand
  5. Georgia
    Feb 17, 2005
    2
    Stereotyped the British. Unrealistic, Byrnes was plain annoying; especially the accent.
  6. clay
    Jan 25, 2007
    3
    Lame. total copy off Cinderella, and not even in a clever way. good film if you love stereotypes though.
Metascore
41

Mixed or average reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 27
  2. Negative: 7 out of 27
  1. Were it not for young star Amanda Bynes' energetic good nature in the face of drab dialogue and wooden stereotypes, What a Girl Wants might have been a career-ending movie violation rather than just an embarrassing fender-bender.
  2. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    50
    It feels much more like a shameless reshuffle of "The Princess Diaries."
  3. If the Warner Bros. wizards have it right, what a girl wants is to see as much of Amanda Bynes as she possibly can...It's not so great for the rest of us, since the film has nothing else to offer.