But I'm a Cheerleader
But I'm a Cheerleader (2000)

Confident and opinionated, 17-year-old Megan is far too strong-willed for her unsuppportive parents, who begin to worry she is a lesbian. Their solution is to send Megan to 'True Directions,' a "rehabilitation camp" run by… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: June 23, 2000
DVD Release Date: October 3, 2000
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Critic Score: 35% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Critics think that But I'm a Cheerleader could have been better. The acting is stiff at times and the plot is surprisingly unoriginal.

Emanuel Levy

Broadly conceived and schematically directed (or is it non-directed?), this is a shallow satire, basically a short extended into feature length movie, about a rehabilitation camp for gays and lesbians that wastes the talent of Natasha Lyons.

Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

Any self-respecting lesbian should rear up in horror at [this movie].

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Michael Dequina

Very quickly grows repetitive and groan-inducing.

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Lou Lumenick
New York Post

Dumb, heavy-handed satire.

David Ehrenstein
New Times

Director Jamie Babbit and screenwriter Brian Wayne Peterson haven't attacked their target as effectively as they might, but as mild as it may be, Cheerleader underscores the fact that gender roles are ideological in nature.

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Rob Gonsalves

The movie blows it by (A) trading in witless stereotypes and (B) not being remotely funny.

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Gemma Files

Ungainly sentiment and unnecessary stylization.

Heather Boerner
Common Sense Media

Gay love satire for mature older teens and up.

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Moira Sullivan
Movie Magazine International

But I'm a Cheerleader may seem too elementary to a sophisticated crowd

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Flixster Audience Score: 74% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
This clever satire is actually sadder than funny when you realize that, even as an exaggeration with its overuse of pink/green and showing the rehab camp people… More
Jennifer Xu
The title is much more interesting than the actual film, which can be quite dull given its subject matter. Definitely could have milked it more for the laughs.
Spencer S.
This is a film that not only the gay community has rallied around, but most stigmatized people have come around to because not only does it satirize the gay… More
Michael S
Very clever and very funny. I don't know why I had this listed as "Not Inteested." I've seen it twice already!
Jim Hunter
A lesbian cheerleader goes to a faith-based camp to "reform" homosexuality. When Ted Haggard claimed that he could essentially "pray the gay… More
Tim Salmons
Interesting love story.