New The DUFF movie got mixed reviews from top critics. CBS Films released their new comedy flick, “The DUFF,” into theaters this weekend, and the reviews are in from most of the top critics. It turns out that it got a mixed bag with an overall score of 55 out of a possible 100 across 26 reviews at

The movie stars: Allison Janney, Romany Malco, Mae Whitman, Ken Jeong, Bianca Santos, Robbie Amell, Bella Thorne, Skyler Samuels and Nick Eversman. We’ve added blurbs from a couple of the critics, below.

Inkoo Kang at TheWrap, gave it a nice 90 grade, saying: “There’s no doubt that The DUFF is clever, funny and quotable enough to become this decade’s “Mean Girls.” Watch your back, Regina George — there’s a new queen bee in town.”

Christy Lemire from, gave it a 75 score, stating: “Quickly and convincingly, it becomes its own funny and fast-paced phenomenon with its own modern-day charm.”

David Lewis at the San Francisco Chronicle, gave it a 75 score. He said: ” Overall, though, Sandel’s film has heart, some good laughs, and a decent message. In this age of cyberbullying, that’s nothing to scoff at.”

Kevin P. Sullivan at Entertainment Weekly, gave it a 67 grade, stating: “As misspent of an opportunity as The DUFF may be, it’s hard to completely dismiss a film that gives someone as talented as Whitman her long-overdue spotlight.”

Richard Roeper over at the Chicago Sun-Times, gave it a 63, saying: “This is a well-intentioned and sometimes quite sharp high school movie that falls just short of the mark due to a few way-off-the-mark scenes and too much heavy-handed preaching.”

Kyle Smith from the New York Post, gave it a 63 grade. He stated: “Slightly radical in portraying high schoolers as human beings of normal niceness and intelligence. That means this winsome comedy is a little low in the stakes department, not to mention predictable, but it gets an “A” for charm.”

Elizabeth Weitzman from the New York Daily News, gave it a 60 score, saying: “Fortunately, the cast — featuring Allison Janney as Bianca’s scattered mom and Ken Jeong as her sympathetic mentor — is savvy and silly. Really, though, most of the credit goes to Whitman, who stands in, and stands up, for the DUFF in all of us.”

Sheri Linden from The Hollywood Reporter, gave it a 60 score. She said: “More a middle-of-the-road rom-com than a teen-spirit sendup, the pic weaves its lighthearted mix of silly and serious with increasingly heavy-handed spiels on self-esteem.”

Betsy Sharkey from the Los Angeles Times, gave it a 50 score, stating: “Romance, or the desire to find someone special, isn’t a bad thing — if it’s not the only thing. But as it stands in DUFF, the denouement at prom has cliché written all over it.”

Claudia Puig over at USA Today, gave it a 50 grade, saying: ” If you’ve seen “Mean Girls” or “Easy A,” you’ve seen a far better version of The DUFF.”

Michael Phillips from the Chicago Tribune, gave it a 50 score, claiming: “Whitman’s a wily cross between Janeane Garofalo and Ellen Page and in her scenes with her motivational-speaker single mother (Allison Janney), you sense a better movie lurking in the shadows.”

Ben Kenigsberg from The New York Times, gave it a 40 score. He said: “Even in this would-be subversive comedy. Success means getting the guy. Getting good grades (as Bianca does) is not enough, nor is writing the front-page article in the school paper.”

Lastly, Ann Hornaday from the Washington Post, really didn’t like it with the dreaded 0 score. She said: “Between its grating heroine, strident speechifying, derivative plot and draggy tone and tempo, it’s like the redheaded stepchild of “Mean Girls” and “Freaky Friday.” Stay tuned. Follow us on Facebook by Clicking Here. Follow us on Google Plus by Clicking Here. Follow us on Twitter by Clicking Here.

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