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

  • 2.0

    out of 100

    Generally unfavorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 0

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Certain words should be reserved for special occasions. "Abysmal" is one of them, and Georgia Rule is as special as such occasions get.

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  • 25

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    It tries to pass itself off as a film about feistiness, forgiveness and the bonds of motherhood. Instead, it deals lightly and inappropriately with promiscuity, alcoholism, drug abuse, grief and child molestation. Georgia Rule doesn't make you feel good; it makes you queasy.

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  • 30

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    Proves to be more prone to malfunction than dysfunction.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    Maybe Georgia Rule should be required viewing for Paris Hilton during her term in the slammer. But not for us.

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  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    A clunky family-therapy soaper.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 15+

Lohan acts out in muddled mother-daughter comedy.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that although star Lindsay Lohan has some younger fans, this definitely isn't a teen flick (remember, director Garry Marshall is the man behind Pretty Woman as well as The Princess Diaries ...). Lohan's character lies, takes drugs, has sex indiscriminately (she's called a slut several times), and is basically without any inhibitions or common sense. The movie also tackles serious family issues like alcoholism, religion, fractured mother-daughter relationships, promiscuity, and sexual abuse. Teens too young to deal with dysfunctional sexual issues are probably too young to handle the mature themes of this "comedy."

  • Families can talk about whether stars' off-screen lives affect how you perceive them on-screen. Did what you know about Lohan's personal life distract you from her performance?
  • Families can also discuss the need for rules and boundaries. How did Lilly's lack of rules affect Rachel?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Rachel is known to lie, and she can't seem to tell the difference between right and wrong. But in the end she and her mother make amends -- albeit very painfully.

What to watch for
  • violence false1

    Violence: Lilly frantically pushes and slaps Arnold, who violently shoves her to the floor.

  • sex false4

    Sex: Rachel takes off her panties, spreads her legs, and invites a guy to look and touch (though no nudity is shown). She then says it's his turn and gives the guy oral sex. In nearly every scene, Rachel is wearing either skimpy or cleavage-outlining (to put it mildly) outfits. She tries to seduce an older man and threatens to "f--k" a bunch of girls' boyfriends if they don't stop bothering her. Rachel's sexual history and the possibility of sexual abuse are discussed repeatedly throughout the film. Rachel calls Harlan's belief to wait until marriage for sex "retarded." Lilly kisses two different men.

  • language false4

    Language: "F--k," "s--t," "goddamnit," "ass," "slut," "blow job," etc. Frequent, but not constant.

  • consumerism false1

    Consumerism: Cars: Ferrari and Mercedes.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false4

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Rachel drinks and does drugs. Lilly is an alcoholic, and she goes on a couple of drinking binges, consuming many, many bottles of hard liquor.