Attending high school for the first time, a teenager (Lindsay Lohan) becomes friends with three popular but manipulative students.
" Lacks the genuine bile that made Heathers so bracing. "
" 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. "
" Happily, Fey and Waters gently tweak the studios' usual high-gloss caricature of adolescence and aim for acutely hilarious and surprisingly empathic sociology. "
" A smart little teen picture that, for a change, actually features recognizable teens. "
" Boasts a one-two-three punch in star Lindsay Lohan, screenwriter Tina Fey and director Mark Waters, and, indeed, it delivers a knockout. "
" Mean Girls isn't a particularly deep picture, but it does have some weight and ballast. "
" Takes on issues of self-loathing, body image, competition and female sabotage. Even better, it does it with a smile. "
" With colorful characters and snappy performances, Mean Girls is a rare laugh-out-loud film. "
" It all seems, finally, as if Fey is pulling her punches, an unusually defensive posture for her. "
" A teen movie I enjoyed enormously, much to my surprise. "
" Girls, which gets funnier as it goes, is [Lorne Michaels'] best since 1992's Wayne's World. "
" This is the best film of its kind since Amy Heckerling's Clueless. "
" It's an improvement over the dire Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, but Mean Girls is nowhere near as satisfying as Freaky Friday. "
" Mean Girls has a sharp, grown-up sensibility that belies its marketing as airhead comedy. "
" [Fey's] snappy script and the deft direction of Mark Waters, who did Freaky Friday, keep the laughs coming. "
" 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. "
" Fey subverts formula to find comic gold. "
" Waters tries for a tone that mixes dark humor and emotional realism, and he often finds it. "
" I would be more amused if the topic of rich material girls had not been worn to a thread elsewhere. "
" It's that rare teen comedy that both teens and former teens can enjoy. "
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