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10 Things I Hate About You

Comedy . Romance . Drama

Bianca, a tenth grader, has never gone on a date, but she isn't allowed to go out with boys until her older sister Kat gets a boyfriend. The problem is, Kat rubs nearly everyone the wrong way. But Bianca and the guy she has her eye on, Joey, are eager, so Joey fixes Kat up with Patrick, a new kid in town just bitter enough for Kat.

Actors: Julia Stiles , Heath Ledger , Joseph Gordon-Levitt , Larisa Oleynik , Larry Miller , Andrew Keegan , David Krumholtz , Susan May Pratt , Daryl Mitchell , Allison Janney
Directors: Gil Junger
Country: USA
Release: 1999-03-31
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  • Kevin Thomas

    Lutz's dialogue is consistently sharp and snappy, and the large cast forms a sparkling ensemble under Junger's adept direction.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Stephen Hunter

    It's a celebration of young American women, finding them smarter, tougher, shrewder, more rigorous, more persistent and more honest than any movie in many a moon.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Hal Hinson

    A small-scale, slight undertaking, but its pleasures are unexpectedly rich. It has become a habit in our movies to portray the exploits of high school characters as shocking and depraved. Ten Things allows its teenagers their innocence and a quality that is even rarer these days, something like nobility.

    New Times (L.A.) Full Review
  • John Patterson

    It goes straight to the top of the class. O can there be such a thing as too keen a guilty pleasure, particularly when the whole genre is knowingly pitched to audiences as a trashophile's delight? No, there cannot.

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • Ron Wells

    Of all the teen films released this year, this one is, by far, the best.

    Film Threat Full Review
  • Mary Elizabeth Williams

    What really elevates it, though, is the film's sharp wit and tender heart, both of which are conveyed beautifully by the fresh-faced cast. Full Review
  • Scott Tobias

    Immensely likable.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Alisha Davis

    Pure formula. But thanks to charming performances, particularly from its two stars, the winsome Stiles and a hunky Heath, it gets the recipe right, and the result is surprisingly sweet.

    Newsweek Full Review
  • Jonathan Rosenbaum

    Karen McCullah Lutz and Kirsten Smith's script has its witty moments, and some of the secondary characters--such as Larry Miller as the father and Daryl "Chill" Mitchell as an irritable teacher--are every bit as quirky as the leads.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    What sets this apart from its many competitors for teen dollars is that not only does the movie feature a surprisingly edgy and intelligent script, but it offers a group of characters capable of holding an audience's interest for more than 90 minutes.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    The film's crank-case snappishness doesn't break any molds, but it certainly gives you a lift.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Justine Elias

    Anyone who hates '80s pop will find this movie awfully tiresome, but Stiles and her underage Petruchio (Australian actor Heath Ledger, as hunky as his name) are charismatic and bold enough to carry any romantic comedy.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Ken Marks

    First-time feature director Gil Junger gets a lot of laughs in the long setup, but the story eventually reverts to an almost typical high-school romance. Not quite "Clueless."

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    Junger has a deft touch with light comedy such as this; he manages to keep the film's convoluted plot spinning without resorting to too much gimmickry or descending to the level of so many teen comedies.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    And yet ... gee, the movie is charming, despite its exhausted wheeze of an ancient recycled plot idea.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    With her high forehead, pale eyebrows and solemn face, Stiles could have understudied Cate Blanchett as Elizabeth -- another dignified smart girl surrounded by conniving idiots.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Stephen Holden

    If it's all very clever for a teen-age film, it also feels terribly forced.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Dennis Harvey

    10 Things doesn't take much time before ditching its pitch idea in favor of a mishmash of newer formulas, never quite settling on a cogent game plan or directorial tone.

    Variety Full Review
  • David Sterritt

    Junger spins hilariously written scenes with split-second timing, although the story sags during its long middle portion.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Wesley Morris

    The movie's afraid of [Stiles], turning Kat from riot grrrrl to Solid Gold dancer in the time it takes to drop one Notorious B.I.G. song at that house party - which is why it's the Spam of processed teen movies.

    San Francisco Examiner Full Review
  • Susan Wloszczyna

    While the attractive cast is willing, the translation into '90s teen culture is weak -- like a clueless adult's notion of cool.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Maitland McDonagh

    This teen-oriented gloss on Shakespeare's tale is cute and occasionally quite funny, but it's undermined by slack direction.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    It wimped out by blanding down the story and the characters to the point where she isn't really a shrew and he isn't really a maniac.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Sean Means

    Kat's English assignment, which provides the movie's title, is a sweet finish to an entertaining movie -- and makes 10 Things I Hate About You quite likable. Full Review
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