17 Girls Reviews

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Thembi Ford
Village Voice
September 18, 2012
A lot of style, but not much substance.
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
September 21, 2012
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 | Original Score: 1/4
Kenji Fujishima
Slant Magazine
September 17, 2012
At which point does a superficially "nonjudgmental" approach simply seem coy rather than sincerely evenhanded?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
May 20, 2012
...it's ultimately clear that there just isn't enough story here to sustain a full-length feature...
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
September 21, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2/5
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David Fear
Time Out
September 18, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
September 28, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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September 20, 2012
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.
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
October 9, 2012
The Coulin sisters spin a web of ironic, double-edged fantasy over the girls of Lorient and their child's-eye view of life.
Chris Barsanti
PopMatters
September 28, 2012
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 | Original Score: 9/10
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 6, 2012
A rare film focusing on the feelings, fears, dreams and emotions of girls.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
July 13, 2012
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 | Original Score: B+
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
July 19, 2012
The story is remarkable in that it does an honest telling of real life events and does it accurately, too.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
April 24, 2012
The film captures a moment when irrationality and romantic self-delusion go viral -- and the difficulty of containing such elements.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
September 20, 2012
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 | Original Score: 5/5
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Boyd van Hoeij
Variety
February 23, 2012
Impressively, the rookie scribe-helmers' sense of equilibrium is unerring and also surprisingly subtle.
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
September 20, 2012
"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 | Original Score: 3/5
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
September 21, 2012
It's a subtle cautionary tale that also serves as an insightful if exaggerated examination of contemporary adolescence.
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
September 20, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Noel Murray
AV Club
September 20, 2012
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 | Original Score: B-
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