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17 Girls Reviews

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

The Coulin sisters spin a web of ironic, double-edged fantasy over the girls of Lorient and their child's-eye view of life.

Full Review Source: East Bay Express

October 9, 2012
Chris Barsanti

The wonder of this remarkable film is that it retains an innocence of its own, even while alluding to the darkness on the horizon.

Full Review Source: PopMatters | Original Score: 9/10

September 28, 2012
David Noh
Film Journal International

Exceedingly well-done film, based on a real news story, which addresses a growing international youth dilemma.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

September 24, 2012
Todd Jorgenson

It's a subtle cautionary tale that also serves as an insightful if exaggerated examination of contemporary adolescence.

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September 21, 2012
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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The movie takes you inside the dreamy collective mentality of bored, mildly rebellious girls who look with horror at the lives of their mostly working-class parents.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 5/5

September 20, 2012
John Hartl
Seattle Times
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The movie needs a tighter grip, yet the narrative detours, including a beach party and one especially liberating confrontation, can be surprisingly joyous.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

September 20, 2012
Ella Taylor
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The film's rhythms mimic the volatile emotional life of adolescence: the violent rushes between euphoria and despair, the overconfident contempt for adults mixed with regressive dependence when things fall apart.

Full Review Source: NPR

September 20, 2012
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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"17 Girls" doesn't try to explain its many mysteries. That would have made for a better film, but this one does a nice job showing its effects.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3/5

September 20, 2012
Noel Murray
AV Club
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17 Girls has a nice look, and strong performances, but ultimately, the Coulins fail to go deeply enough into the heads of their protagonists.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B-

September 20, 2012
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

The story is remarkable in that it does an honest telling of real life events and does it accurately, too.

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: B

July 19, 2012
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

Delphine and Muriel Coulin make their feature film debut using the real life 2008 'pregnancy pact' scandal of Gloucester, Massachusetts as a jumping off point for a stunning looking contemplation on the often obsessive romanticism of teenaged girls.

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: B+

July 13, 2012
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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The film captures a moment when irrationality and romantic self-delusion go viral -- and the difficulty of containing such elements.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle

April 24, 2012
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A rare film focusing on the feelings, fears, dreams and emotions of girls.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice | Original Score: 4/5

March 6, 2012
Boyd van Hoeij
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Impressively, the rookie scribe-helmers' sense of equilibrium is unerring and also surprisingly subtle.

Full Review Source: Variety

February 23, 2012
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
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17 Girls is allegedly inspired by true events, but this diffident, dreamy film is so insubstantial it's hard to believe there's a speck of reality to be found in it.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2/4

September 28, 2012
Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
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The film suggests a state of grace between childhood and adulthood, but the narrative feels increasingly tentative, and the characters remain opaque - "local divas," in one teacher's estimation.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

September 21, 2012
Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
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The question is why this incident seemed worth dramatizing, especially in such a dreamily romanti-cized way - with perfect pregnancies and friendly baby daddies.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1/4

September 21, 2012
Thembi Ford
Village Voice
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A lot of style, but not much substance.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

September 18, 2012
David Fear
Time Out New York
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Plays like the most lyrical after-school special ever; it gives lip service to the teens' anxieties and euphoria while threading in the occasional swoonworthy image.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/5

September 18, 2012
Kenji Fujishima
Slant Magazine

At which point does a superficially "nonjudgmental" approach simply seem coy rather than sincerely evenhanded?

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

September 17, 2012
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