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Ginger & Rosa (2013)

tomatometer

80

Average Rating: 6.8/10
Reviews Counted: 104
Fresh: 83 | Rotten: 21

Elle Fanning gives a terrific performance in this powerful coming-of-age tale about a pair of teenage girls whose friendship is unnerved by the threat of nuclear war.

90

Average Rating: 7.7/10
Critic Reviews: 29
Fresh: 26 | Rotten: 3

Elle Fanning gives a terrific performance in this powerful coming-of-age tale about a pair of teenage girls whose friendship is unnerved by the threat of nuclear war.

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London, 1962. Two teenage girls - GINGER & ROSA - are inseparable. They skip school together, talk about love, religion and politics and dream of lives bigger than their mothers' domesticity. But the growing threat of nuclear war casts a shadow over their lives. Ginger (Elle Fanning) is drawn to poetry and protest, while Rosa (Alice Englert) shows Ginger how to smoke cigarettes, kiss boys and pray. Both rebel against their mothers: Rosa's single mum, Anoushka (Jodhi May), and Ginger's frustrated

PG-13,

Drama

Sally Potter

Jul 23, 2013

$1.0M

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Coming from anyone else, Ginger & Rosa would be a sensitive if predictable coming-of-age tale set in the mists of the distant past. But coming from writer-director Sally Potter, it's a major surprise.

March 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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A near-flawless film, beautifully shot and cut, excitingly performed and deeply felt.

March 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Fanning is nearly perfect as Ginger navigates choppier waters than most teens have to. There is not a false note in her performance; no matter how melodramatic things become, everything about Ginger remains genuine.

March 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
Arizona Republic
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Elle Fanning is scary. Scarily good.

March 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia Inquirer
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In all respects, this is the completely captivating Fanning's picture.

March 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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Potter has a rich compositional eye, but she wisely trims the fat from the dialogue, which dances around most of the melodrama until an explosive last act.

March 28, 2013 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Ginger and Rosa is a small flick that reminds audiences how exciting it is to see raw and sincere performances despite what kind of package they're delivered in

July 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Quickflix
Quickflix

Fanning's illuminating, naturalistic performance...is the best reason to see the movie

June 27, 2014 Full Review Source: Windy City Times
Windy City Times

Much of the night work,especially candlelit, puts "Ginger & Rosa" in the fashion of a memory piece rather than an objective history.But, as in all of Potter's work, it is an estimable and lush solution to the most minimal of budgets.

April 9, 2014 Full Review Source: Newcity
Newcity

As good as the movie is performance-wise, [director Sally] Potter allows the pacing to drag frequently, meaning viewers must be patient with Ginger & Rosa.

July 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Reno Gazette-Journal

The complexity of the characters and the simplicity of the story balance out to a rewarding coming-of-age drama for adults.

July 13, 2013 Full Review Source: About.com
About.com

With a rich sense of lived experience, Potter first portrays the blithe excitement and sense of joyful conspiracy shared by the two friends.

June 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine
Film Comment Magazine

...probably Potter's most accessible movie to date, but the script is perhaps nothing special ...

April 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Nuclear anxiety becomes a distraction from teenage pressures and a projection of potentially explosive emotional distress in this beautifully acted character drama.

April 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

The gifted Elle Fanning turns in an extraordinary performance, although Sally Potter's film is otherwise built on a flimsy, soap-opera story.

April 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Times-Picayune
Times-Picayune

Assured but bleak art-house girl's coming-of-age film that combines politics and personal matters.

April 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Despite some narrative missteps, Ginger & Rosa should be seen simply for Fanning's exceptional performance, the sort of revelatory turn that makes us feel as if the next generation of film is in capable hands.

April 13, 2013 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

Fanning -- a startlingly alert and microemotive young actress -- breathes real feeling into the part, while the jazz soundtrack (John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, Sidney Bechet) rouses this sensitive film from its drowsier inclinations.

April 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Fanning heartbreakingly expresses hurt with seemingly with every fiber of her being. Her family implodes as much as the world seems about to during those 13 days in October.

April 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com
Film-Forward.com

Fanning brings such a groundedness and authenticity to the film's central role that you stick with her every step of the way.

April 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

"Ginger & Rosa" is another one of those films that feels like it's attempting to cover too much, and by doing so, ends up spreading itself rather thin across all of the areas it tries to encompass.

April 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
Examiner.com

Even seemingly ordinary scenes of girlfriends bonding - ironing hair, wearing jeans in the bathtub to shrink them, hitchhiking - are fraught with the sense of the external forces that will divide them.

April 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The great gift of Ginger & Rosa is Potter's willingness to let her camera observe these gifted young actresses without judgment, and to create the illusion of ordinary life unfolding before your eyes.

March 31, 2013 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

Potter's take on the '60s occasionally slides into Big Chill cliché, but with her actors, she's on virgin ground.

March 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Philadelphia City Paper
Philadelphia City Paper

Without turning sentimental or heavy-handed, Potter strikes a nice balance between the more intimate character moments and the broader political context, and Fanning is terrific as the girl caught in the middle.

March 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinemalogue.com
Cinemalogue.com

Ginger's teen angst could have easily become mopey or self-righteous, but Fanning stays true to the heart of her character even as her world is crumbling around her.

March 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Suburban Journals of St. Louis

Audience Reviews for Ginger & Rosa

Elle Fanning's performance and Sally Potter's beautiful direction and wonderful utilization of 1960s atmosphere allows Ginger & Rosa to become more than the sum of its parts. It's a coming of age story and a period piece all rolled in to one, but more importantly its a character study that miraculously transfers the protagonist's deeply emotional internal tension to the audience with incredible power.
December 24, 2013
Sam Barnett

Super Reviewer

As corny as this may sound, Ginger(Elle Fanning) and Rosa(Alice Englert) are well-nigh impossible to separate since before they were born when their respective mothers(Christina Hendricks & Jodhi May) met in a maternity ward in 1945. Together, they confront their nuclear fears in different ways. Ginger takes to protests and meetings while Rosa finds religion.

While Rosa has never really known her father, Ginger has Roland(Alessandro Nivola) as her father, as he prefers to be known to her, when he is not sleeping elsewhere which includes his boat. As Roland puts it, he refused to enter the military during World War II, and was jailed for his beliefs, the worst part being in solitary, but is too self-righteous to wonder why people did not act differently than he did.

Ever since her first feature, the classic "Orlando," Sally Potter's films have sadly been a prime case of diminishing returns. With her latest, the evocative, yet flawed "Ginger & Rosa" which moves to its own syncopated rhythm to match the jazz records on the soundtrack, she arrests that trend somewhat by thoughtfully exploring the connection between the personal and the political while not being the first person to conflate nuclear family and nuclear explosions. By having another red-headed protagonist who seeks to be a poet, Potter is saying there is nothing greater to fear than being alone at a time in 1962 when the world was facing nuclear annihilation, which concerned citizens responded with protests in England.

Note to self: get a jazz band for the next protest.
April 1, 2013
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Walter M.

Super Reviewer

It seems while Dakota Fanning was in the U.K filming the detestable "Now is Good", her much more talented little sister, Elle, was in the same country shooting Sally Potter's latest. It's a cliched 1960's coming of age tale which mixes the plots of "The Squid & the Whale" and this year's "Albatross" but lacks the charm of either. In recent years we've become used to seeing American movies starring Brits but here it's a reversal with most of the lead roles played by Americans. Robbie Ryan's cinematography and Fanning's performance are both commendable but otherwise there's little of interest on display.
October 22, 2012
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    1. Roland: You do realize that god is an invention ? Every man needs to struggle for his own authority.
    – Submitted by Maryam Z (4 months ago)
    1. Roland: There's a poetry in small spaces, isn't there?confinement can be utterly beautiful , but only if its a matter of choice .
    2. Rosa: What do you mean?
    3. Roland: Well , a prison cell ,on the contrary , is the ugliest expression of minimalism .
    – Submitted by Maryam Z (4 months ago)
    1. Ginger: I loved you Rosa. Don't you see? But we are different, you dream of everlasting love. Not me. Because what really matters is to live. And if we do, there will be nothing to forgive. But I'll forgive you anyway.
    – Submitted by Mati M (12 months ago)
    1. Ginger: When we were born, for some it was the end. Now it seems there may not be tomorrow. But despite the horror and the sorrow, I love our world. I want us all to live.
    – Submitted by Mati M (12 months ago)
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