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.
Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly
This tart and often charming new comedy is a version of the heart-of-darkness teen social comedy Heathers for the tweener audience.
Elvis Mitchell — New York Times
Girls, which gets funnier as it goes, is [Lorne Michaels'] best since 1992's Wayne's World.
Mike Clark — USA Today
Boasts a one-two-three punch in star Lindsay Lohan, screenwriter Tina Fey and director Mark Waters, and, indeed, it delivers a knockout.
Ann Hornaday — Washington Post
Mean Girls has a sharp, grown-up sensibility that belies its marketing as airhead comedy.
Michael O'Sullivan — Washington Post
The movie is always entertaining and frequently smart about the new ground one girl will break to humiliate another.
Wesley Morris — Boston Globe
Director Waters and screenwriter Tina Fey ... aim less for the usual high-gloss caricature than acutely hilarious sociology.
Jessica Winter — Village Voice
[Fey's] snappy script and the deft direction of Mark Waters, who did Freaky Friday, keep the laughs coming.
Elizabeth Weitzman — New York Daily News
With colorful characters and snappy performances, Mean Girls is a rare laugh-out-loud film.
Bruce Westbrook — Houston Chronicle
Often clever and insightful.
Philip Wuntch — Dallas Morning News
Fey may be going for wickedly funny, but alas, she stops at wicked.
Michael Booth — Denver Post
A smart little teen picture that, for a change, actually features recognizable teens.
Peter Rainer — New York Magazine
I would be more amused if the topic of rich material girls had not been worn to a thread elsewhere.
Anthony Lane — New Yorker
In a wasteland of dumb movies about teenagers, Mean Girls is a smart and funny one.
Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times
Though not a perfect comedy, it manages to be quite often laugh-out-loud funny.
Robert K. Elder — Chicago Tribune
Lacks the genuine bile that made Heathers so bracing.
J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader
This is a witty little movie, but a kind coda can't erase its withering bite.
Karen Heller — Philadelphia Inquirer
It's hard to find something nice to say about Mean Girls.
Jeff Strickler — Minneapolis Star Tribune
It's good for some laughs. And that's all it intends to be.
Tom Long — Detroit News
Displaying a rare mix of humor and heart, Mean Girls deserves mention along with such coming-of-age favorites as Girls Just Want to Have Fun and Sixteen Candles.
Bill Muller — Arizona Republic
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