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New York Times:
Stiles, whose slightly rushed, impatient delivery sometimes recalls the young Jane Fonda, lets enough sweetness seep into her portrayal to lend even the nastiest retort a hint of forgiveness.
Stiles nails her feminazi, bound-for-Sarah Lawrence shtick, but just as easily melts into giggles or pulls off a slapstick drunk scene.
Los Angeles Times:
As satirical as it is romantic, this is one teen film that is wise enough to span generations in its appeal.
Miller is outstanding as a father who is utterly convinced that dating is the first step towards instant and complete moral and sexual decay.
Globe and Mail:
The notion of a contemporary high school as a hotbed of romantic intrigue is utterly apt, and the performances almost make the update work.
No one in this film is a big star, but everyone is a capable actor.
The high school romance genre has become so popular that it's running out of new ideas and has taken to recycling classic literature.
Mary Elizabeth Williams,
Debut film director Gil Junger may be a TV veteran making a movie for the Clearasil crowd, but he doesn't sacrifice the story to gimmicky camerawork or overzealous pacing.
San Francisco Chronicle:
The movie 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.
Stiles grows into her character and Ledger is effortlessly charming.
At times the pic doesn't even seem certain which decade it's set in; the squeaky-clean high school environs often feel more '80s than '90s.