Pretty Persuasion
Pretty Persuasion (2005)

One of the "popular girls" decides to put her mean streak to work in this black comedy. Kimberly Joyce (Evan Rachel Wood) is an outwardly friendly but inwardly cold and manipulative teenager who attends an exclusive private school… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: August 12, 2005
DVD Release Date: December 13, 2005
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Critic Score: 32% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Pretty Persuasion aims for high satire but falls short of poignancy by depending on too much black humor, with too little redeeming humanity to provide balance.

Susan Walker
Toronto Star

Good writing aside, this screenplay contained the elements of two different films. One of them might have been quite persuasive.

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Joey Guerra
Houston Chronicle

The screenplay by Skander Halim falters. It's too convoluted and cloudy to have the intended effect.

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Bruce Feld
Film Journal International

The film is as disturbing as it is amusing, reveling in the hypocrisy of its hopelessly dysfunctional world.

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David Gilmour
Globe and Mail

Extremely well written in the fearless way of a smarty pants on a roll in the university cafeteria.

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Janice Page
Boston Globe

Self-conscious, overdone, shallow, and just not up to the level of its star.

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Matthew Turner

Probably the darkest high school film since Heathers, which is no bad thing.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

Wood's fine work is undermined by the movie it's trapped in, which feels like a rough draft of itself: Skander Halim's screenplay is unnecessarily twisty and gimmicky, and some of the teenspeak dialogue falls flat, already out of date.

Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

Leaves no gender, race, class or religion untouched in its scabrous effort to show how cruel humans can be. But it also leaves viewers with no one at all to like, or believe.

Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

Solid performances make it work, even if the film seems slightly undernourished.

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Flixster Audience Score: 62% Flixster User Reviews
Dean King
Hmm this wasn't what I expected at all. It takes a bit from quite a few bigger and better films and ends up no where near as good as any of them. It has a… More
Wahida K
The Horror Movies with Nuns are the creepy ones. Where there are Nuns in a Movie, a guarantee of a lot of violence.
Jennifer Xu
This is the textbook definition of vicious self-satisfaction. Evan Rachel Wood's hilarious deadpan steamrollers over everything she touches. The way she… More
Nani Vang
I loved EVR in here...I love her in just about everything she does. She did awesome playing the evil, manipulative Kimberly.
Lorenzo von Matterhorn
<i>"Evil comes in a school uniform."</i> A 15-year-old girl incites chaos among her friends and a media frenzy when she accuses her drama… More
Alice Shen
Chilling and red-hot. Sometimes I dig ERW's deadpan, but other times not. Kimberly shouldn't have cried at the end. While a great piece of acting… More