Mean Girls

critic Reviews

, 69% Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • Preserving the essence of the original while adding a few new wrinkles -- not to mention musical numbers -- Mean Girls is a sweet (if slight) update with an outstanding cast.
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    Jenny NulfAustin Chronicle
    A shot-for-shot remake would have had more school spirit than this.
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    Catherine BrayEmpire Magazine
    Sharp, funny and strongest when it stands on its own two perfectly manicured feet, this snappy musical successfully updates the original Mean Girls template for a fresh audience.
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    Wendy IdeObserver (UK)
    The scene-stealing standout is Avantika, playing sweet-natured Plastic dimwit Karen. Her comic timing is impeccable; her musical number, a boisterous Halloween party romp titled Sexy, is worth the price of admission alone.
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    Rafer GuzmanNewsday
    “Mean Girls” has spunk but never leaps off the screen like the original. What makes it work is its 20-year-old story of adolescent friendship, cruelty and forgiveness.
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    Arionne NettlesChicago Reader
    The much-anticipated movie musical strikes the right note for multiple generations.
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    Bill GoodykoontzArizona Republic
    I noticed about halfway through it that between laughs I’d been smiling the whole time. “Mean Girls” may not be totally fetch, but it’s still a good time at the movies.
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    James KendrickQ Network Film Desk
    The effort to make the movie musical work on its own terms while still paying homage to the original is too overtly strenuous to be successful, making this Mean Girls more of a chore than a pleasure.
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    Matt BrunsonFilm Frenzy
    With the exceptions of Auli’i Cravalho (Janis) and Jaquel Spivey (Damian), there isn’t anyone here who comes close to matching the superior work of their predecessors.
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    Tim MillerCape Cod Wave Magazine
    It bursts with life from start to finish, with funny, fast-paced songs&#59; comically over-the-top performances&#59; and a relentlessly witty script from Tina Fey. ... The revelation here is Rapp, a force of nature as the comically vampish Regina.

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    Shawn EdwardsFox 4 Kansas City
    Now the jokes are all recycled, and the characters never really get a chance to be... the characters. It's modestly amusing.
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