Ginger & Rosa Reviews

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
March 29, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
March 28, 2013
A near-flawless film, beautifully shot and cut, excitingly performed and deeply felt.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
March 28, 2013
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 | Original Score: 4/5
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 28, 2013
Elle Fanning is scary. Scarily good.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
March 28, 2013
In all respects, this is the completely captivating Fanning's picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
March 28, 2013
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.
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
March 22, 2013
What hurt, nuanced terror and exhilaration there is in Sally Potter's beautiful coming-of-age drama Ginger & Rosa.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
March 22, 2013
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."
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Tom Long
Detroit News
March 22, 2013
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 | Original Score: B+
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
March 22, 2013
In Potter's assured, caring hands, "the personal is political" assumes newfound breadth, depth and surprising emotional poignancy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
March 21, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
March 21, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
March 21, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 21, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Dana Stevens
Slate
March 15, 2013
Packs an impressive amount of personal and political history into a wispy 90 minutes of screen time.
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Sara Stewart
New York Post
March 15, 2013
There's not a bad performance in the bunch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
March 15, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
March 15, 2013
... it's the way that Fanning and Englert animate their characters that makes the movie special.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
March 14, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
March 14, 2013
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.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
March 14, 2013
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 | Original Score: 4/5
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March 14, 2013
An intriguingly complex portrait of both of its characters and of the time of flux they live in.
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Noel Murray
AV Club
March 14, 2013
This is a movie about a young woman figuring out what her identity should be, set against a time of dramatic change.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Melissa Maerz
Entertainment Weekly
March 13, 2013
Teenagers do horrible things to each other in the name of their ''ideals.'' But adults do too, which is so much worse.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
March 12, 2013
[Potter] here forgoes her earlier unconventional predilections for a simple, direct narrative.
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
March 12, 2013
It's not quite enough for a film, but it is for one magnificent scene.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Debruge
Variety
February 25, 2013
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.
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
February 25, 2013
Elle Fanning mesmerizes as a burgeoning teen radical in 1962 London.
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Cath Clarke
Time Out
October 2, 2012
It's let down by some earnest, patience-draining philosophising and poetry-reading.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5