Clueless opened theatrically in 1,653 theaters on July 21, 1995.[3]

Box office

The film became a surprise sleeper hit of 1995, grossing $10,612,443 on its opening weekend, ranking second behind Apollo 13. The film grossed $56,631,572 during its theatrical run, becoming the 32nd highest-grossing film of 1995 and bringing the then-largely-unknown Silverstone to international attention. It also developed a strong cult following after its release.

Critical response

The film was also well received by critics. Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes gives it a score of 81% based on reviews from 57 critics and judged it "Certified Fresh", with the site's consensus stating, "A funny and clever reshaping of Emma, Clueless offers a soft satire that pokes as much fun at teen films as it does at the Beverly Hills glitterati."[9] On Metacritic, the film has a 68 out of 100 rating based on 18 reviews, indicating "generally positive reviews".[10]

Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film three-and-a-half out of four stars.[11] Janet Maslin of The New York Times notes "Even if Clueless runs out of gas before it's over, most of it is as eye-catching and cheery as its star."[12] Peter Travers of Rolling Stone gave the film four stars, contrasting it to the more adult-oriented film about teenagers released around the same time, Kids, stating "The materialism in Clueless is almost as scary as the hopelessness in Kids."[13]


In 2008, Entertainment Weekly selected Clueless as one of the "New Classics," a list of 100 released between 1983 and 2008,[14] Clueless was ranked 42nd.[15]

In 2008, Entertainment Weekly named it the 19th best comedy of the past 25 years.[16]

American Film Institute recognition:

  • AFI's 100 Years... 100 Laughs - Nominated[17]
  • AFI's 100 Years...100 Movie Quotes:
    • "As if!" - Nominated[18]

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