• PG-13, 1 hr. 29 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Sally Potter
    In Theaters:
    Mar 15, 2013 Limited
    On DVD:
    Jul 23, 2013
  • A24 Films


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Ginger & Rosa Reviews

Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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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.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

March 29, 2013
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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A near-flawless film, beautifully shot and cut, excitingly performed and deeply felt.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 4/4

March 28, 2013
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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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.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 4/5

March 28, 2013
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Elle Fanning is scary. Scarily good.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3.5/4

March 28, 2013
Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
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In all respects, this is the completely captivating Fanning's picture.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/4

March 28, 2013
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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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.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

March 28, 2013
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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What hurt, nuanced terror and exhilaration there is in Sally Potter's beautiful coming-of-age drama Ginger & Rosa.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3.5/4

March 22, 2013
Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
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Like Terence Davies's work, this is less about storytelling than immersing viewers in the minute details of an era -- what one of the film's characters describes as "the poetry of confinement."

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

March 22, 2013
Tom Long
Detroit News
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Fanning, so ethereal yet fragile in "Somewhere" and so instinctive in "Super 8," was actually younger than her character while filming this, but she brings so much combined innocence and authority to the role, it's never noticeable.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B+

March 22, 2013
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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In Potter's assured, caring hands, "the personal is political" assumes newfound breadth, depth and surprising emotional poignancy.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 3/4

March 22, 2013
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Sally Potter's twin interests - in grand world movements and in the grand internal movements in people lives - are effectively brought to bear in "Ginger & Rosa," her best film of the decade.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

March 21, 2013
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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Elle's acting feels artless and naive, and all the more powerful for it. Fanning easily convinces you of Ginger's emotional reality - that every moment is the only moment.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

March 21, 2013
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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You sense that this pale, growing-up-too-fast girl at its center will one day be a poet; finding words to convey what she can't yet say.

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

March 21, 2013
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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The film's tone is wonderfully maintained by Dakota Fanning's younger sister Elle as Ginger, convincingly playing 17 at the age of 13.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

March 21, 2013
Dana Stevens
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Packs an impressive amount of personal and political history into a wispy 90 minutes of screen time.

Full Review Source: Slate

March 15, 2013
Sara Stewart
New York Post
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There's not a bad performance in the bunch.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

March 15, 2013
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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Don't damn it with faint praise by calling it Potter's most "accessible" film. Simply call it what it is: One of her best, and perhaps her most deeply felt.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 3.5/4

March 15, 2013
Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
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... it's the way that Fanning and Englert animate their characters that makes the movie special.

Full Review Source: MSN Movies | Original Score: 3.5

March 15, 2013
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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Fanning displays a dazzling naturalness on camera, an ability to move persuasively between any number of emotions, from hesitant to sassy to distraught to anything else you can name.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

March 14, 2013
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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Ms. Potter puts her heroines in a succession of interesting-and handsomely photographed-situations in which they define themselves by talking about what they're up to, rather than by taking urgent action.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

March 14, 2013
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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Ms. Englert is as adept at blurring Rosa's feelings as Ms. Fanning is at clarifying Ginger's. Between them they illuminate an intimate, volatile cosmos.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

March 14, 2013
Bob Mondello
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An intriguingly complex portrait of both of its characters and of the time of flux they live in.

Full Review Source: NPR

March 14, 2013
Noel Murray
AV Club
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This is a movie about a young woman figuring out what her identity should be, set against a time of dramatic change.

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

March 14, 2013
Melissa Maerz
Entertainment Weekly
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Teenagers do horrible things to each other in the name of their ''ideals.'' But adults do too, which is so much worse.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B+

March 13, 2013
Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
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[Potter] here forgoes her earlier unconventional predilections for a simple, direct narrative.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

March 12, 2013
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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It's not quite enough for a film, but it is for one magnificent scene.

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

March 12, 2013
Peter Debruge
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Potter seems at a loss to communicate the ideas behind her agonizingly elliptical picture, leaving auds to marvel at the gorgeous cinematography and scarlet-red hair of its heroine, earnestly played by Elle Fanning in a project undeserving of her talents.

Full Review Source: Variety

February 25, 2013
Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
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Elle Fanning mesmerizes as a burgeoning teen radical in 1962 London.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

February 25, 2013
Cath Clarke
Time Out
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It's let down by some earnest, patience-draining philosophising and poetry-reading.

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

October 2, 2012
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