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  • Summary: Ambitious secretary Tess McGill (Griffith) makes her up the corporate ladder with a little creative deception by "taking over" when her boss Katherine Parker (Weaver) breaks her leg on a ski trip.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. 100
    One of those entertainments where you laugh a lot along the way, and then you end up on the edge of your seat at the end.
  2. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    100
    Intoxicating. [19 Dec 1988, p.78]
  3. Working Girl is the sparkling success that it is because of the sheer irresistibility of Melanie Griffith. [21 Dec 1988, Calendar, p.6-1]
  4. Reviewed by: Judy Stone
    75
    An amusing trifle. [21 Dec 1988, Daily Datebook, p.E1]
  5. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    70
    This is not a laugh-out-loud film, though there is a lighthearted tone that runs consistently throughout, Griffith's innocent, breathy voice being a major factor.
  6. The movie's basic message is that lying and conniving are perfectly all right - as long as you're a swell person inside, like the pert character we're watching here. Working Girl is a fun movie in many ways - don't get me wrong. [25 Jan 1989, Arts, p.11]
  7. 30
    Nichols must have a cummerbund around his head: the directing is constricted – there's no visual inventiveness or spontaneity. And in his hands the script has no conviction. [9 Jan 1989]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Jan 12, 2012
    7
    However outdated the costumes and settings, outmoded the corporal cooperation business, I believe the ethic of WORKING GIRL is abiding, atHowever outdated the costumes and settings, outmoded the corporal cooperation business, I believe the ethic of WORKING GIRL is abiding, at least until this moment (24 years later), resembling a 1980s version of THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA (2006), however collected 6 Oscar nominations with 1 win (for Carly Simonâ Collapse

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