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The Devil Wears Prada Review Critics


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Streep eats this movie for breakfast … Read full review

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

  • 4.0

    out of 100

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

  • 50

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Mistrustful of its audience, it's full of actors -- apart from Streep -- playing broad attitudes rather than characters. Crafted like a high end TV show, it's a sort of video Vogue -- lite, brite and trite.

  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    The comic appeal of The Devil Wears Prada is the cinematic equivalent of a size 2 - wafer-thin and ultimately lacking in meat and substance.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    Takes place in the world of haute couture. And that pretty much sums up the movie. Otherwise, it would be just another Queen of Mean, boss from hell movie. But, oh, what delicious fun Meryl Streep and her conspirators have with that world.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    The story is glossy junk begat of just-plain junk anyway: Lauren Weisberger, who wrote the hiss-and-tell roman à clef best-seller on which the picture is based, was herself an assistant to Wintour.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 13+

No Princess Diaries here, but royal fun. Teens +

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the movie features cruel judgments about body size and fashion. Characters are materialistic and catty (usually as comedy, though some hurtful comments are also made). Characters use mild language (s--t) and drink alcohol. Lots of mentions of high-end fashion brands. Younger kids won't be interested, since the subject matter won't mean anything to them.

  • Families can talk about Andy's plan to use her assistant job as a route to becoming a journalist: How does she rationalize this choice? How does Andy learn to fit into the world of high fashion by wearing the right clothes, dieting, and becoming increasingly judgmental of others? What messages does the movie send about the importance of physical appearances?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Both arrogant and insecure, fashionistas lie and betray one another; heroine maintains moral compass.

What to watch for
  • violence false0

    Violence: Girl hit by taxi flies over hood to the street, ends up in hospital with bruised face and broken leg.

  • sex false0

    Sex: Some sexual allusions ("I can think of something we can do that doesn't require any clothing"); Andy has sex with writer on their first date (after admitting she's drunk), then regrets it.

  • language false0

    Language: One "a--hole," a couple of "hells," several s-words (Andy unleashes a stream of them during one upset).

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: All about high fashion (names dropped and shown include Prada, Pucci, Gucci, Calvin Klein, Dolce & Gabbana, Bill Blass, Chloé, Marc Jacobs); plot-pointed references to Starbucks.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Social drinking at parties and restaurants; Andy drinks wine at home and gets tipsy on a date.