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Booksmart Reviews

July 12, 2019
First, the good news: it's immediately clear that Wilde is a filmmaker by vocation... If anything, the film is polished to a fault: the marketing term "elevated genre," most frequently applied to horror, feels equally apt here.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 7, 2019
It's more John Hughes than Judd Apatow, and it's a little more Bridesmaids than Lady Bird...a success on [its] own terms...
May 28, 2019
Booksmart puts a fresh spin on the coming-of-age night-of comedy because it's focused on two girls, one of whom is also queer.
May 26, 2019
A solid debut for Wilde, but really puts Dever and Feldstein on the map.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 24, 2019
Booksmart is a love letter for any young woman who has ever stayed home on a Friday night to watch a Ken Burns documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
May 24, 2019
In virtually every scenario, director Wilde and the team of screenwriters serve up the material in a fresh and original manner.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 24, 2019
Dever and Feldstein's friendship and chemistry provide the film with both its chief appeal and dramatic engine, and the winning pair make Booksmart a film that's very easy to like. But it's less easy to believe.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 24, 2019
"Booksmart" is genuine enough that it doesn't sacrifice its emotional honesty for the gratification of its characters; it would feel disingenuous if everyone's arcs were wrapped up neatly, and "Booksmart" is too smart for that.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
May 24, 2019
Booksmart is a teen sex romp well suited for the summer of 2019: feminist but not preachy, raunchy but not nasty, emotionally intelligent but not sentimental.
May 24, 2019
It's a high school movie that doesn't have sadistic bullies shoving helpless nerds into lockers, just a bunch of kids that, for all their flaws, are kind, funny, worldly, whip-smart and unapologetically themselves.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
May 24, 2019
"Booksmart" gives the girls onscreen and their older sisters behind it a chance to have fun in ways silly, salty, and magnanimous toward all concerned.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 24, 2019
It's incredibly fun to watch again and again.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
May 24, 2019
But once the main characters strut around town with their matching blue jumpsuits, the hilarity ensues in an obscene style that takes viewers on a wild ride.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
May 24, 2019
Wilde is fundamentally telling a story about young people trying to survive and enjoy life while the outside world, and all its terrifying realities, draws ever closer.
May 24, 2019
There are so many memorable performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
May 23, 2019
Nothing funnier, smarter, quicker or more joyous has graced the big screen in a long time.
May 23, 2019
As "Booksmart" takes its shape, albeit haphazardly, Wilde's filmmaking skills become more and more evident, bursting forth in a third act that builds into something beautiful and even transcendent.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 23, 2019
"Booksmart" leaves you feeling unaccountably hopeful for the state of humanity - and the state of American screen comedy too.
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May 23, 2019
Feldstein and Dever are just sublime at giving these girls the depths of feeling as well as the comic flair that they need.
May 23, 2019
It's an early contender for the best comedy of the summer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 23, 2019
You'd be smart to book tickets.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
May 23, 2019
Feldstein and Dever have a kind of mad, cartoon chipmunk chemistry, playing characters who know each other so well that they finish each other's sentences and step on each other's lines.
May 23, 2019
It's hard not to love these confident, capable, problem-free post-millennials.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 23, 2019
Move over, Superbad: There's a new teen-buddy comedy in town.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
May 23, 2019
Clichés get comically stripped away and real people step forward. It's a blast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 23, 2019
"Booksmart" is sharp but not mean, warm without feeling too soft or timid.
May 22, 2019
If you're in high school (or have ever gone through the experience), you'll laugh quite a bit, wince more than once, and relate from start to finish.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 22, 2019
Olivia Wilde's raunchy yet adorable high-school comedy "Booksmart" understands a basic truth: For so many former teenage girls, your first love is your high-school best friend.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 22, 2019
Its substance is scantly developed, its clear and simple premise dismayingly oversimplified. Despite the emotional authenticity of the protagonists' dilemma, their journey comes off as a fantasy.
May 22, 2019
I like the general lack of meanness in "Booksmart." The party-all-night premise may be as old as the hills, but the script has been successfully finessed as a slice of the here and now, idealized but full of life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 21, 2019
Olivia Wilde comes out swinging with not only one of the best movies of the year, but one of the best high school movies of all time.
| Original Score: 4/4
May 21, 2019
If the storyline doesn't so much unfold as burst out in glittery puffs - and if music cues seem to make up about 40 percent of the plot-it's still an endearing kind of chaos.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
May 21, 2019
Olivia Wilde's smashing feature directing debut is a femcentric spin on Freaks and Geeks that makes this laugh riot the smart choice for anyone looking for a comedy that's outrageously entertaining and quietly revolutionary at the same time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 20, 2019
The worst thing you can say about the brilliantly zany teen comedy "Booksmart" is you only get an hour and 45 minutes with its quirky student body.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 20, 2019
Wilde vigorously made this picture, finding the tone and teasing out the laughs and the performances with a combination of bold and subtle strokes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 17, 2019
Such is the wise and humbling rule of "Booksmart": try as you might to flee your regular self, you always end up bumping into it.
May 14, 2019
Actor-turned-director Olivia Wilde (shockingly, this is her behind-the-camera feature debut) shows off something rarer than technique or comic timing. She's got loads of compassion and has somehow managed to make a high-school movie without villains.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 10, 2019
A female buddy film in the guise of a high-school partying movie, Booksmart is endlessly funny and outrageous, yet always grounded by its realistic central relationship.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 22, 2019
It's smart, so very funny, and beautifully directed by Olivia Wilde.
March 20, 2019
Booksmart is inclusive and progressive without feeling forced and announces Wilde, an actor who hasn't always found her groove on screen, as a major director, one of the more impressive behind-the-camera transitions I have seen for a while.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 14, 2019
Booksmart manages to be inclusive and progressive, without being precious about anything or sacrificing an ounce of humor.
March 12, 2019
By far, one of the most perfect coming-of-age comedies I have ever seen.
March 11, 2019
Booksmart excels at celebrating a friendship strong enough to guarantee that the party never really ends until the credits roll.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
March 11, 2019
Every generation needs its own rowdy high school comedy, and Millennials deserve one that treats the anxieties teens have been grappling with for millennia with the same urgency that Jerry Bruckheimer would bring to a high-stakes action movie.
March 11, 2019
A hilarious, blazingly paced teen comedy that also happens to mark the feature directing debut of Olivia Wilde.