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Never Been Kissed
Many people wish they could go back to high school, knowing what they know as an adult; Josie Geller gets the chance to do just that in the comedy Never Been Kissed. Josie (played by Drew Barrymore) is a 25-year-old copy editor at a newspaper in Chicago. But it's her youthful looks as much as her journalistic skills that finally win her a writing assignment: she's ordered to enroll in high school posing as a teenager for a story on the state of America's youth. Trouble is, Josie was a hopeless nerd in high school (called "Josie Grossie" by her classmates); she had no idea… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 57%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Drew Barrymore's virtuoso performance smooths over the plot holes."
‑ Lisa Alspector, Chicago Reader
"Drew Barrymore has been well cast as someone who doesn't act her age."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"A genuinely sweet and romantic story for teens."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"A surprisingly solid and entertaining teen flick"
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Have you noticed yet that there's really no point to this story?"
‑ John R. McEwen, Film Quips Online
"The most exhilarating American movie I have seen this year -- which isn't saying much."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"Relatively inoffensive and relentlessly mediocre."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"The material is pretty much the same as She's All That and the other recent high school movies, but Barrymore has the big screen stuff to pull it off."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"The less Never Been Kissed forces its material, the more enjoyable it is."
‑ Jeffrey Westhoff, Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
"The deft script and solid performances turn what could have been empty piffle into remarkably entertaining piffle that'll leave you smiling."
‑ James Rocchi, Netflix
"Barrymore again displays her remarkable ability to get the audience rooting for her singular blend of vulnerability and sunny optimism."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"While Never Been Kissed belongs heart and soul to Barrymore, Sobieski's natural poise and assurance reminds us that her own prime time is not so very far away."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"This is an okay date flick. It's somewhat forgettable, like high school should be, but possessing a few moments it'll be tough to get out of your head."
‑ Ron Wells, Film Threat
"Barrymore demonstrates an acute sensitivity to the angst of adolescence, and handles it with kid gloves."
‑ , Palo Alto Weekly
"Never Been Kissed, like so many coulda-shoulda-woulda-been-good movies, starts out strong. Then it loses its nerve in the third act, substituting a fuzzy emotional spectacle for a coherent conclusion."
‑ Margaret A. McGurk, Cincinnati Enquirer
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