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Reneé Rapp, Jaquel Spivey, Auli'i Cravalho, and more star in the screen version of the Broadway musical hitting movie theatres January 12.

Jaquel Spivey, Angourie Rice, and Auli'i Cravalho in Mean Girls Jojo Whilden/Paramount

Are you ready to get plastic? The film version of Broadway's Mean Girls hits movie theatres January 12, and reviews are already out. Find out what critics are saying about the new movie musical below.

Adapted from the 2018 Broadway musical, the film features a host of stage and screen favorites in the cast, including Renée Rapp, reprising her stage performance as queen bee Regina George; Mean Girls original cast member Ashley Park as Madame Park; Broadway alum and Tony nominee Jaquel Spivey (A Strange Loop) as Damian; Auli'i Cravalho (Moana, Little Mermaid Live) as Janis; Angourie Rice (Spider-Man: Homecoming) as Cady Heron; Avantika (Senior Year) as the ditzy Karen; Bebe Wood (Love, Victor) as toaster strudel heiress Gretchen; Christopher Briney (The Summer I Turned Pretty) as Regina's boyfriend Aaron Samuels; Girls5Eva star Busy Phillips as Mrs. George; The Office's Jenna Fischer as Ms. Heron; Mean Girls stage and screen writer Tina Fey as Ms. Norbury; SNL alum Tim Meadows as Mr. Duvall; Mad Men star Jon Hamm as Coach Carr; Mahi Alam (American Born Chinese) as Kevin Ganatra; and Connor Ratliff (Search Party) as a new teacher character, Mr. Rapp.

Read the reviews below.

A.V. Club (Leigh Monson)

Bloomberg (Esther Zuckerman)*

Collider (Lisa Laman)

Cosmic Circus (Uday Kataria)

Deadline (Valerie Complex)

Entertainment Weekly (Maureen Lee Lenker)

The Hollywood Reporter (David Rooney)

IndieWire (Kate Erbland)

Mashable (Kristy Puchko)

People (Tom Gliatto)

Slant Magazine (Dan Rubins)

Slash Film (BJ Colangelo)

USA Today (Brian Truitt)

Variety (Owen Gleiberman)

The Wrap (Kristen Lopez)*

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Playbill will continue to update this list as reviews come in.

The movie filmed in New Jersey earlier this year.

Fey penned the new film's screenplay after writing the 2004 original and the stage musical's book. The score features music by Jeff Richmond and lyrics by Nell Benjamin (Legally Blonde). Samantha Jayne and Arturo Perez, Jr. co-direct the project, with choreography by Kyle Hanagami.

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