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67
Entertainment Weekly
In her sassy but scrubbed way, Bynes is a real charmer, and What a Girl Wants is a likable throwaway.
63
There's nothing wrong with fairy tales, but they don't have to be formulaic. A movie like this would have benefited from a blending of the fanciful and the inventive.
50
Chicago Sun-Times
The movie is clearly intended for girls between the ages of 9 and 15, and for the more civilized of their brothers, and isn't of much use to anyone else.
50
It's slick girlie stuff, but the cast makes it go down easy.
50
Philadelphia Inquirer
Designed as the ideal confection to attract a young girl or teen, What a Girl Wants will more likely hook their mothers.
50
Miami Herald
It's a cheery, impossible fantasy.
50
New York Post
Harmless, fish-out-of-water fluff.
50
It's not that What a Girl Wants is dreadful; it's merely slapdash, wildly inconsistent in tone and style, and mind-numbingly predictable in character and plot.
25
Dreadful teen comedy with a "Cinderella" theme.
25
New York Daily News
Irritating wish-fulfillment movie.
20
Wall Street Journal
Young audiences may welcome this movie, but girls, and boys, should want more.

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