All the Real Girls (2003) - Rotten Tomatoes

All the Real Girls (2003)



Critic Consensus: Has enough honest moments to warrant a look.

Movie Info

Twenty-two-year-old Paul lives with his mother and works as a mechanic in a sleepy North Carolina mill town. Charming, smart, and unambitious, he has a devoted circle of rowdy friends and a reputation as a callous heartbreaker. When he meets his best friend's sister Noel, fresh from boarding school graduation, the two fall into a perfect, real, but terrifying love.more
Rating: R (for language and some sexuality)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Art House & International
Directed By:
Written By: David Gordon Green, Paul Schneider
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 19, 2003
Sony Pictures Classics - Official Site


Patricia Clarkson
as Elvira Fine
Danny McBride
as Bust-Ass
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Critic Reviews for All the Real Girls

All Critics (119) | Top Critics (32)

Undisciplined, unfocused, overimprovised and unevenly acted.

June 6, 2003
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

A poetic, powerful work.

Full Review… | January 5, 2010

All Gordon Green can manage are...dreamy images, blunt-edged characters and dialogue, splattered like so-much Cheese Whiz over a shapeless mess of a pseudo-poetic narrative.

Full Review… | August 18, 2006
Cinema Writer

Love can be a good thing. It can just as easily be horrible. David Gordon Green's poetic All the Real Girls captures both senses of love - and beautifully to boot.

Full Review… | July 24, 2006

Captures the almost narcotic sensation of new love...

December 5, 2003
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Obriga o público a passar duas horas ao lado de pessoas absolutamente desinteressantes.

November 1, 2003
Cinema em Cena

Audience Reviews for All the Real Girls



Super Reviewer

A man pursues his friend's sister, a match frowned upon because of his promiscuous past.
Paul Schneider delivers a sensitive portrayal of Paul, and his romantic scenes with Zooey Deschanel are quite charming. What I liked about the film was how relateable that relationship was.
Typical of indie films, All the Real Girls is filled with long pauses and understated scenes that fail to state much. I also have several plot questions. I have no idea why Noel chooses the person she chooses in the third act, and because we never see Paul being a rake and he never goes back to his old behavior, it's hard to believe all the rumors about his character flaws.
Overall, I think I like this film more than it deserves mainly because the two leads seemed like people I know or could know.

Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer


What the hell David Gordon Green? You make the highness and the sitter instead of making more films like this?? This is actually a raw powerhouse film that shows how amazing zooey descahnel and Paul schnieder are. The story is simplistic but the acting and the direction of the film are what makes a contemporary classic. Huge fan of this film!

paul o.
paul oh

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All the Real Girls Quotes

Noel: Nobody said we had to be perfect.
– Submitted by Frances H (2 years ago)
Noel: I wish I didn't hurt with every thought of you.
– Submitted by Nastassia J (3 years ago)
Noel: Last night, I had a dream that you planted a garden on a trampoline and I was so happy that I invented peanut butter.
– Submitted by Nastassia J (3 years ago)

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