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What it lacks in freshness ... Mean Girls makes up for with its shrewd insights into the female adolescent psyche and all its accompanying neuroses.
Tart and refreshing, Mean Girls is the kind of high-school movie that really feels as if it's for grown-ups -- but hey, the teens can come, too.
Robert K. Elder,
Though not a perfect comedy, it manages to be quite often laugh-out-loud funny.
Ebert & Roeper:
It has a little bit of National Lampoon sensibility, kinda funny; I can't quite recommend it.
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie,
Lohan, who intrepidly filled Hayley Mills' sneakers in the remake of The Parent Trap and butted heads with Jamie Lee Curtis in Freaky Friday, has grown into an accomplished and beautiful actress.
The movie is always entertaining and frequently smart about the new ground one girl will break to humiliate another.
Los Angeles Times:
Originality is never the point of an entertainment like this; the point is that director Mark Waters, who capably guided Lohan through last year's Freaky Friday, has specific marks to hit in Mean Girls, and he hits them with confidence.
With colorful characters and snappy performances, Mean Girls is a rare laugh-out-loud film.
Fey may be going for wickedly funny, but alas, she stops at wicked.
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.
Globe and Mail:
Lohan ... is a good reactive young actress, and London, Ont., native Rachel McAdams is excellently evil.
It's as if Waters assembled a bunch of performers ... who were born to be thorns in the flesh of the status quo, and instructed them to remain calm at all times and pursue the happy, morally uplifting ending.
Proves to be less than the sum of its parts, but when it rocks, it rocks you silly.
Takes on issues of self-loathing, body image, competition and female sabotage. Even better, it does it with a smile.
New York Daily News:
[Fey's] snappy script and the deft direction of Mark Waters, who did Freaky Friday, keep the laughs coming.
New York Times:
This tart and often charming new comedy is a version of the heart-of-darkness teen social comedy Heathers for the tweener audience.
Mean Girls isn't a particularly deep picture, but it does have some weight and ballast.
San Francisco Chronicle:
A smart little comedy that tries, within the limits of the teen-movie form, to say some real things about high school girls and the struggle for popularity.
Even at its squarest, the movie's mixture of parody and therapy feels kind of... hip.
It all seems, finally, as if Fey is pulling her punches, an unusually defensive posture for her.
Happily, Fey and Waters gently tweak the studios' usual high-gloss caricature of adolescence and aim for acutely hilarious and surprisingly empathic sociology.
Girls, which gets funnier as it goes, is [Lorne Michaels'] best since 1992's Wayne's World.
As she did in Freaky Friday, Lohan displays plenty of charm, verve and deft comic timing as she switches between innocence and craftiness.
Director Waters and screenwriter Tina Fey ... aim less for the usual high-gloss caricature than acutely hilarious sociology.
Boasts a one-two-three punch in star Lindsay Lohan, screenwriter Tina Fey and director Mark Waters, and, indeed, it delivers a knockout.