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Mean Girls


Cady Heron is a hit with The Plastics, the A-list girl clique at her new school, until she makes the mistake of falling for Aaron Samuels, the ex-boyfriend of alpha Plastic Regina George.

Actors: Ana Gasteyer , Daniel Franzese , Amy Poehler , Lizzy Caplan , Tim Meadows , Tina Fey , Amanda Seyfried , Lacey Chabert , Rachel McAdams , Lindsay Lohan
Directors: Mark Waters
Country: USA , CANADA
Release: 2004-04-30
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  • Karen Karbo

    Sassy and sharp.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    There's a sly intelligence at work here -- in the writing, the filmmaking and the acting -- that makes it deeply pleasurable to watch. Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    Fey's comic gifts mesh with Wiseman's first-hand research, and the wit becomes dazzling.

    Slate Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

    The comedy is funny as hell. And yes, I mean hell, not heck.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    Smart, funny, well-acted and visually lively.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    The plot is flimsy, but director Mark Waters (Freaky Friday) trusts Fey's tart dialogue to carry the day. Wise man. Fey subverts formula to find comic gold. She's a brash new voice in movie comedy. Boy, do we need her now.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    Mean Girls dissects high school society with a lot of observant detail, which seems surprisingly well-informed. The screenplay by "Saturday Night Live's" Tina Fey is both a comic and a sociological achievement.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Robert K. Elder

    Though not a perfect comedy, it manages to be quite often laugh-out-loud funny. The film's strong cast, including scene-stealing "SNL"er Tim Meadows as the school principal, also helps smooth out most of the rough edges.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • David Sterritt

    The screenplay by Tina Fey -- head writer for "Saturday Night Live" -- is marvelously smart, though, and the ensemble cast is uncannily in sync with it.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    Likable Lohan doesn't exude the vulnerability that would give the movie true heart, and Fey, head writer for "Saturday Night Live," crafts better punch lines than plots.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    As in "The House of Yes'' and "Freaky Friday,'' Waters keeps it wild but real, and the result is not only a series of lively scenes but lively close-ups: The big-eyed, expressive performances are just fun to watch.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Mike Clark

    Mean Girls has the same fancifully dead-on tone as the 1995 high-school comedy "Clueless" without the sweetness because, hey, these snits are mean.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Wesley Morris

    The movie is always entertaining and frequently smart about the new ground one girl will break to humiliate another.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Peter Debruge

    Mean Girls depicts the kind of traumatic high school experience that might await spoiled rich girls who grow up in two-parent households with designer clothes and Escalades.

    Premiere Full Review
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum

    A vinegary fable with a Splenda aftertaste -- is a harbinger of hope not only for future feminist comedies of any grit but also for ''SNL''-staffed feature films that don't disproportionately suck.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Kirk Honeycutt

    Results in an edgy comedy, where laughs stem at times from uncomfortable situations. In other words, Mean Girls lives up to its title.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    A smart little teen picture that, for a change, actually features recognizable teens.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Scott Tobias

    The film lacks the discipline to stay on point all the time, but Fey and director Mark S. Waters (Freaky Friday) have fun with offbeat throwaway touches.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Jessica Winter

    Director Waters and screenwriter Tina Fey (also cast as the voice-of-reason math teacher) aim less for the usual high-gloss caricature than acutely hilarious sociology, nailing the servile malice of 15-year-old girls.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Gregory Weinkauf

    Bellyflops into the increasingly complicated American high school experience with a healthy reservoir of wit.

    Dallas Observer Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    He (director Mark Waters) keeps the story light and bright, and he brings out real comic performances from his cast, including newcomer Seyfried, who plays her ditz with Judy Holliday charm.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    The director, Mark Waters, working with a smart casting team, has assembled a superb group of players. Scene by scene you can't help being impressed by Mean Girls; it's like a group of sketches linked by a theme, with some playing much better than others.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • David Rooney

    This sassy if wildly uneven comedy navigates the treacherous high school jungle that separates cool cliques from wannabes, wading through some nasty behavior before delivering its moral message.

    Variety Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    Isn't exactly original: This is basically "Heathers" for a new generation, its satirical edges dulled, if still sharp enough to sting.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Karen Heller

    Alternately intriguing then not, and, like its subject, features a lot of lip gloss and girl-on-girl zingers. And like most contemporary movies, Mean Girls has no ending.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    The limp climax doesn't undo the solid humor, wicked social commentary, and delicious satire that precedes it, but it leaves an unpleasant aftertaste. In the end, Mean Girls isn't mean enough.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    Lohan, in her third lead role in a year, is a good reactive young actress, and London, Ont., native Rachel McAdams is excellently evil, a dose of poison in a pretty lacquered container.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Angel Cohn

    Strikes a carefully calibrated balance between the film's darkly malicious sense of humor and its pastel sets and costumes.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Christopher Zinsli

    It is Fey’s refusal to talk down to her audience that elevates Mean Girls above most other teen movies out there.

    Film Threat Full Review
  • Caroline Westbrook

    Despite its shortcomings -- it’s still one of the better teen movies to come along in a while.

    Empire Full Review
  • Ella Taylor

    Lohan is a warm and engaging presence, but she's completely outshone by the bad girls, and when they're offscreen, Mean Girls is an oddly restrained, barely plotted movie.

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • J.R. Jones

    Pleasantly acted and moderately funny, but it lacks the genuine bile that made "Heathers" (1987) so bracing.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    Basically a watered-down collage of scenes from "Heathers," "Clueless," "Sixteen Candles" and numerous other teen flicks.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Michael Sragow

    All Fey does is apply a smattering of wit to the story.

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    Beyond the philosophizing, Mean Girls is a standard collection of low comic jokes.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Marrit Ingman

    Wistful voiceover explains too much, and, even worse, interrupts the requisite Teen Movie Climactic Speech.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Ellen A. Kim

    The film can't decide between black comedy and bubblegum comedy, so it shoots aimlessly in between.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    A high school comedy that is sharply observed and often terrifically funny, yet oddly misconceived.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
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