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Sierra Burgess Is a Loser

By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Engaging teen romcom has underage drinking, language.

Movie PG-13 2018 105 minutes
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age 13+

Based on 11 parent reviews

age 13+


This movie Sucks. Overall, I would of liked it if not for the main character. I liked Jamey but Sierra is literally one of the worst people I have ever seen in a movie. A- the actor wasn’t very good. B- she glorifies catfishing and lures people into helping her. She then gets her friend to help her, and when the guy kisses her thinking she was the one he was talking to, she posts private and embarrassing photos of her even though it wasn’t her fault. Don’t show kids this. If at the end of the movie people aren’t disappointed my the grossness of the main character, they need to learn more about why it was so bad.
age 13+

Terrible movie

Sierra just keeps doing terrible things and never apologises or suffers any repercussions for her actions. The writers of this movie need to find a new profession.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (11):
Kids say (32):

A truly grounded, engaging performance by Shannon Purser, along with a new twist on the Cyrano theme, keep things moving and emotions ascending in this inventive teen romance with a soul. What's more, Sierra Burgess Is a Loser is graced by the presence of Lea Thompson and Alan Ruck, 1980s and 1990s teen stars now playing parents, as well as Chrissy Metz in a savagely unhappy turn, and RJ Cyler bringing his unique take on what could have been a caricature. The movie also takes a closer look at the "mean girl" who helps drive the plot. While Veronica is still imperious, spontaneously cruel upon occasion, and shallow, she's given a backstory and a home that makes her behavior understandable. She learns something from Sierra, and it changes her for the better; it gives the film more depth, too.

Sierra Burgess Is a Loser is not without flaws. One has to "buy" the basic premise and some outsized plot twists, but that's what makes it a comedy. And the scenes that lead to the resolution are a stretch, at best. Overall, as Netflix continues to offer teen-friendly romcoms, this one is a solid entry.

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