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Based on 26 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 2 )
  • 25
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    It 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. show more

  • 50
    Susan Wloszczyna USA Today

    While the attractive cast is willing, the translation into '90s teen culture is weak -- like a clueless adult's notion of cool. show more

  • 75
    Chicago Tribune

    A mostly charming comedy that could probably win over even the crustiest English literature professor. [31 Mar 1999] show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    What sets this apart from its many competitors for teen dollars is that not only does the movie feature a surprisingly edgy and intelligent script, but it offers a group of characters capable of holding an audience's interest for more than 90 minutes. show more

  • 63
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    And yet ... gee, the movie is charming, despite its exhausted wheeze of an ancient recycled plot idea. show more

  • 63
    Liam Lacey The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    With her high forehead, pale eyebrows and solemn face, Stiles could have understudied Cate Blanchett as Elizabeth -- another dignified smart girl surrounded by conniving idiots. show more

  • 50
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    Junger spins hilariously written scenes with split-second timing, although the story sags during its long middle portion. show more

  • 50
    Wesley Morris San Francisco Examiner

    The movie's afraid of [Stiles], turning Kat from riot grrrrl to Solid Gold dancer in the time it takes to drop one Notorious B.I.G. song at that house party - which is why it's the Spam of processed teen movies. show more

  • 80
    Ron Wells Film Threat

    Of all the teen films released this year, this one is, by far, the best. show more

  • 50
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    This teen-oriented gloss on Shakespeare's tale is cute and occasionally quite funny, but it's undermined by slack direction. show more

  • December 22, 2008 horty19661114
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    i would say its the best movie ever made, health ledger( love him) n Julia styles are my idols even though the greatest actor died health ledger, kat is a great character... i like her personality alot and i try not 2 care as much what people say about me cause they hate me... got use 2 it anyway....i probably no every singly word in the movie.... the romans in the movie is great, love the part when health ledger song your just 2 good 2 be true, thats my favorite part!!!!

  • July 04, 2008 Vani11aLatte
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    Funniest movie ever, I swear Heath Ledger and Julia Styles rock together. I love this movie........ The character of Kat is an idol to me with her strong independant personality, and her carlessness to the thoughts of her pers........This movie also has an amazing soundtrack

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