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Spice World Review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

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

  • 2.0
    32

    out of 100

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

  • 12

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    They're so detached they can't even successfully lip-synch their own songs.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    Although the film is clearly trying to follow in the footsteps of the Beatles' classic, it's several long strides behind, lacking the same sense of originality, spontaneity, high energy, and joi de vivre.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Ty Burr

    Shabbily filmed, thoroughly harmless Official Product.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    Variety Derek Elley

    The movie essentially mirrors the non-diva, down-to-earth personalities on which their act is based, and which include a sizable amount of self-parody.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The New York Times Elvis Mitchell

    Disarmingly, the film thus acknowledges the Spice Girls' flash-in-the-pan status and lets them kid around about their frankly synthetic career.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 11+

Loony mockumentary captures Spice Girl fever.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie is essentially an ad for the Spice Girls music. Parents should also know that the women in the band play out some old but sexualized stereotypes: Especially disturbing is the Baby Spice look, which is essentially crazy platform boots and pink baby-doll lingerie. There's mild intensity when a newspaper editor attempts to undermine the Spice Girls' careers.

  • Families can talk about the different types of girls the singers represent. What's the difference between the roles they play and real girls? Is it easier to fit a mold? How can it be bad for girls still discovering who they are? Do you try on different personalities, kind of like the girls trying on each other's looks?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Not an issue

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Victoria and two tweens fall into the river and must be saved. Emma slaps Victoria. A paparazzo runs from the girls and trips and hits his head.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Half-naked male dancers practice with the women and later appear in suits with the butt cut out. An alien gropes Mel B.'s breast. It's implied that Clifford and his employee have sex.

  • language false3

    Language: One use of "ass."

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Mel C. wears Adidas everything, the girls sing about Wonderbras, and the bus passes signs for Fosters Beer, TDK, and Sanyo.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Movie producers drink wine and other liquor at various meetings. Clifford drinks and smokes a cigarette.

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