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All the Boys Love Mandy Lane Review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0
    43

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 50

    out of 100

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    A partly smart, mostly dumb addition to the teen horror sweepstakes -- smart in how it neatly catches the petty, hurtful, sexy and druggy aspects of high school life, dumb in how it makes absolutely no sense once its resolution is known.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Chris Nashawaty

    Mandy Lane does eventually build to a whiplash twist ending, but it's too little, too late — much like the film itself. Here's a case where the backstory is more interesting than the movie.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Richard Roeper

    It clearly aspires to be something more than another story about empty-headed teenagers in a remote cabin who get picked off one by one in gruesome fashion — but at the end of the day, that’s pretty much what we’re getting.

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  • 60

    out of 100

    Village Voice Amy Nicholson

    Neither disposable nor a long-lost masterpiece, she might not be loved by all the boys, but she's still worth a Friday night date.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 17 & under

Teen-party slasher movie with drinking, drugs, sex.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that All the Boys Love Mandy Lane is a horror movie that features medium-to-strong slasher violence, with dead teens, blood, and death by shotgun and knife. Teens are constantly thinking and talking about sex. One girl is shown topless, and there are scenes of oral sex and a "hand job" (with nothing graphic shown). Language is very strong, ranging from insults ("fag," "bitch") to stronger terms ("f--k," "c--t"). Drinking and pot smoking are prevalent, with occasional cocaine snorting, and use of prescription pills. The main character, Mandy Lane, generally stays away from all these things. The movie is not the bloodiest, scariest, or cleverest ever made, but it contains some compelling ideas and teen genre fans will probably want to see it.

  • Families can talk about the movie's violence. What is the appeal of watching this kind of violence? Is there anything that you can't bear to watch? Why is that?
  • What is the appeal of horror movies involving teens? How are they different from movies about families or grown-ups? Who is the audience for movies like this?
  • Is Mandy Lane a good role model? Is she an admirable character because she refrains from teen sex, drinking, and smoking? Do you know anyone like her?

The good stuff
  • message true1

    Messages: The idea that resisting peer pressure and remaining true to your beliefs and confident in your choices runs throughout and is reflected in the central character's choices (though the movie's ending subverts this to some degree). Generally though, teens are depicted as wild, promiscuous partiers who are often cruel to one another.

  • rolemodels true1

    Role models: Up until the ending, Mandy Lane is a virtuous character in high school. She's beautiful and desired by all, but she doesn't have sex, do drugs, or drink, and doesn't give in to peer pressure. She's not defined by others. Her confidence in her choices makes her even more attractive and admirable. Most of the other teens are wild high schoolers.

What to watch for
  • violence false4

    Violence: Several teens are killed in bloody ways, with shotguns and knives. A teen's eyes are slashed. A teen dies jumping from a roof into a pool (blood is shown clouding the water). Sick cows are shown being shot in a flashback. A killing takes place in a burial pit filled with cow carcasses. Characters have a suicide pact (which is not acted upon).

  • sex false5

    Sex: A teen girl is shown topless. A girl teen gives a boy teen oral sex. A girl teen gives a boy a "hand job" in a car, hidden under an open road map. The movie contains all kinds of sexual references and innuendo (including jokes about giving a horse oral sex, or discussions of shaving pubic hair), all by teens.

  • language false5

    Language: Language, spoken by teen characters, is frequent. Words include "f--k," "c--t," "a--hole," "fag," "bitch," "s--t," "Goddamn," "whore," "prick," "damn," and "bitch."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not applicable

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false5

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: During a weekend party, teens are almost constantly drinking, snorting cocaine, smoking pot, and taking unspecified prescription drugs, with varied consequences.

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