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80
If this Popsicle of a movie melts long before it's over, the first half has more good laughs than all of “Sweethearts.”
80
Wall Street Journal
Thanks to Ms. Witherspoon's artful portrayal of a winning, if beachless, Gidget, I found Legally Blonde very enjoyable.
75
Smart screwball comedy that upends the stereotype of the airhead towhead.
75
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Imagine the sequel to "Clueless" reconceived as a peroxide "Paper Chase" and punched up with a valley girl version of "My Cousin Vinny" for the climax.
70
Witherspoon turns in yet another stellar, nuanced comic performance.
63
Miami Herald
Unashamedly sticks with its light comedy roots.
63
New York Daily News
Like all blond jokes, Legally Blonde is basically meanspirited, and that's when it's funniest.
50
Los Angeles Times
Guilty of squandering resources. Amusing as it goes about setting up its premise, in Witherspoon, the gifted veteran of "Election" and "Pleasantville," it has an actress willing to throw herself completely into the part to excellent effect.
50
New York Post
Merely a watery, poorly directed update of "Clueless."
50
The character as written is incoherent, but Ms. Witherspoon has the reflexes to make Elle both appealing and ridiculous. It's funny -- in that slightly queasy, un-P.C. Doris Day kind of way.

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