'Mean Girls' Critic Reviews

80%
MovieWeb:   5 reviews
83%
Rotten Tomatoes:   178 reviews
  • Liam Lacey Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    63
    Lohan ... is a good reactive young actress, and London, Ont., native Rachel McAdams is excellently evil.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Stephanie Zacharek Salon.com (Top Critic)
    Mean Girls isn't a particularly deep picture, but it does have some weight and ballast.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • David Edelstein Slate (Top Critic)
    Even at its squarest, the movie's mixture of parody and therapy feels kind of... hip.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    63
    In the end, Mean Girls isn't mean enough.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Kirk Honeycutt Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    One of the movie's achievements is persuading the audience to stay firmly in Cady's camp during her odyssey of self-discovery.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Peter Travers Rolling Stone (Top Critic)
    75
    Fey subverts formula to find comic gold.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Manohla Dargis Los Angeles Times (Top Critic)
    70
    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.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Film4
    The best of the recent clutch of teen movies, Mean Girls also represents a return to form for the filmmaking wing of Saturday Night Live.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Nell Minow Common Sense Media
    80
    Mature but often-hilarious teen comedy.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Nick Rogers Suite101.com
    88
    Lindsay Lohan is more likely to die before 30 than to land another lead role as suited to her (likely squandered) talent. Tina Fey's script is an observant equal-opportunity offender about how high school remains a jungle of hormones and haughtiness.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Peter Canavese Groucho Reviews
    75
    Like Heathers with the edges filed down a bit...the kind of smooth, clever (and rare) entertainment that critics and audiences can all enjoy, guilt-free. [Blu-ray]
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Felix Vasquez Jr. Cinema Crazed
    75
    Mean Girls is an very intelligent, often funny, well written and clever satire on high school and its status quo.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Kevin Carr 7M Pictures
    60
    The film boasts a solidly female cast, and its' a well cast film at that.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • John J. Puccio DVDTown.com
    60
    Like the wannabes at North Shore, Mean Girls longs to take a step beyond the ordinary, but it takes the easier, more traditional route instead.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • John J. Puccio Movie Metropolis
    60
    Like the wannabes at North Shore, Mean Girls longs to take a step beyond the ordinary, but it takes the easier, more traditional route instead.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Steven D. Greydanus Decent Films Guide
    25
    Though better written, better acted and with more wit and subtlety than your average teen flick, the atmosphere in Mean Girls with its promiscuous sex and well, meanness, make it almost as nasty to sit through as these girls are to each other.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Urban Cinefile Critics Urban Cinefile
    A lively and upbeat teen comedy that grapples with social dynamics, Mean Girls is fresh, spicy and laden with plenty of tang.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Joe Lozito Big Picture Big Sound
    75
    It's not a classic, but it's an above-average and refreshingly smart teen comedy.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Rob Gonsalves eFilmCritic.com
    80
    It announces the arrival of Tina Fey into the ranks of smart screenwriters.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Eric Melin Lawrence.com
    75
    Props to Tina Fey for being the first cast member since Mike Myers in Wayne's World to survive her movie being produced by Saturday Night Live boss Lorne Michaels -- and not also have her movie completely suck.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Todd Hertz Christianity Today
    63
    Mean Girls lacks sincerity, and instead acts like any teenage queen bee -- being cruel and picking on the weak -- only to then break its own rules and be hypocritical.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Jessica Winter Time Out
    Happily, Fey and Waters gently tweak the studios' usual high-gloss caricature of adolescence and aim for acutely hilarious and surprisingly empathic sociology.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Jeffrey M. Anderson Combustible Celluloid
    63
    The stinging wit of first-time screenwriter Tina Fey gives Mean Girls a zest and zing few high school comedies ever muster.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Christopher Zinsli Film Threat
    60
    It is precisely intelligence, and Fey's refusal to talk down to her audience, that elevates Mean Girls above most other teen movies out there.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Nick Schager Lessons of Darkness
    Nails the "survival of the fittest" mentality that permeates high school social life.
    Full Review » 9 years ago