Sierra Burgess Is A Loser: Review Scores, Soundtrack & Cast List

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Netflix has yet another teen high school drama for you to watch over. It shares similar traits with other movies and shows which we’ll come to in a second.

Here’s everything you need to know before and after you watch Sierra Burgess Is A Loser. 

Before you watch

Who wrote and directed?

Ian Samuels directs who has mostly written and directed shorts up until this point. Lindsey Beer is the writer of the movie who is currently working on the upcoming Godzilla vs. Kong.

Where is the movie available?

Sierra Burgess is a global Netflix Original meaning it’s available everywhere on September 7th.

What’s the movie about?

The premise of this movie is somewhat like every other teen drama movie releasing nowadays. The main premise of the movie is we follow a young girl at High School who is supposedly a loser. She gets her number handed out to a boy interested in someone else. They then develop a relationship over text message with them both ultimately realizing what happened later on.

Review Scores for Sierra Burgess Is A Loser

The reviews have been quite kind to Netflix’s latest teen drama although they’re not up to the same high standard as recent titles like “To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before”. It’s scored an average of 65 out of 100 across IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

Most reviews seem to highlight and praise a lot of the writing with the NYTimes saying “There’s sharp dialogue throughout” and The Los Angeles Times said: “The smart script and butterfly-inducing romance captures those sweet moments of falling in love — whether it’s with your crush, or even better, with a friend.”

Our Review

When compared to some of the other recent high school dramas that have released on Netflix it’s hard to see how Sierra Burgess Is A Loser would stand out in the crowd but it does manage to thanks in part from another exceptional performance from Noah Centineo. The movie is easy to digest but also features a lot of clever writing. In particular, some of the insults are especially hard-hitting.

Each character felt refreshing and didn’t fall into the stereotypes that most other movies tend to fall for. The characters also feel fleshed out dealing with their each unique problems in the world, not too dissimilar from real life. Despite all this, the movie is a little slow and a little predictable.


After You Watch

Here’s a guide to what you need to know after you watching including some spoilers so be warned!

Sierra Burgess Is A Loser Soundtrack

The soundtrack for Sierra Burgess is almost exclusively made up by Allie X, K.I.D. and Leland who all composed songs for the movie. Here’s the full track listing plus a Spotify playlist too.

  • Kid Wonder – Allie X
  • I Don’t Change – K.I.D.
  • Keep Me Young – Leland
  • Dynasty 2 aka Go Fight Win! – Rob Rasner, Ken Rasner
  • Half of You – Leland
  • Started with you – Leland
  • Latitude – Leland
  • Gone Girl – K.I.D.
  • The Other Side – Allie X
  • Paper Love – Allie X
  • Run Into You – Leland
  • Only Human – Maggie Szabo
  • Cage Fright – Jason Graves
  • 89s Baby – Leland
  • Lights – Leland
  • Lie for Love – Leland
  • Sunflower – Shannon Purser
  • Middle of Love – Leland

The Cast of Sierra Burgess and Where You’ve Seen Them Before

Rachel Smith, RJ Cyler, Shannon Purser, Ian Samuels, Noah Centineo and Kristine Froseth attend the Premiere Of Netflix’s “Sierra Burgess Is A Loser” at ArcLight Hollywood on August 30, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images)

The movies main star undoubtedly is Shannon Purser who is known for her limited run in the first season of Stranger Things playing Barb.

Actress/Actor Plays Known for
Shannon Purser Sierra Stranger Things, Riverdale
Kristine Froseth Veronica Junior, Apostle
RJ Cyler Dan Power Rangers, War Machine
Noah Centineo Jamey To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, The Fosters
Loretta Devine Ms. Thomson Crash, Grey’s Anatomy
Giorgia Whigham Chrissy The Punisher, The Orville
Alice Lee Mackenzie Wish Upon
Lea Thompson Jules Osborn-Burgess Back to the Future, Howard the Duck
Alan Ruck Stephen Burgess Twister, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Everything Else You Need to Know About the Movie

Here are a few other snippets of information that you should know about the movie after watching.

According to an interview (seen below), the actual text and voice conversations over the phone were real with the actor/actress actually being on the other end of the phone.

Is the school real?

Yes, the school is real but their uniform isn’t the bright blue like it is in the movie. The movie is set in South Pasadena, California and the football team are called the Tigers too.

Did you catch the product placement?

The movie had possibly the most blatant and obvious product placement we’ve ever seen in a movie or TV series. Just after 41 minutes into the movie, Sierra and Dan are walking through the school hallways and Dan is holding, rather awkwardly, a box of Sour Patch Kids directly at the camera.

What did you think of Sierra Burgess Is A Loser? Let us know in the comments.

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