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Girl In Progress (2012)


Average Rating: 4.4/10
Reviews Counted: 42
Fresh: 12
Rotten: 30

Critics Consensus: Despite a well-intentioned and novel premise, Girl in Progress is plagued by jarring tonal shifts and does little to break its characters out of cliché.

Average Rating: 4.4/10
Reviews Counted: 19
Fresh: 4
Rotten: 15

Critics Consensus: Despite a well-intentioned and novel premise, Girl in Progress is plagued by jarring tonal shifts and does little to break its characters out of cliché.


Average Rating: 3.5/5
User Ratings: 56,848


Movie Info

Grace (Mendes) is a single mom. She is too busy juggling work, bills, and the very married Dr. Hartford (Matthew Modine), to give her daughter, Ansiedad (Ramirez) the attention she desperately needs. When Ansiedad's English teacher, Ms. Armstrong (Patricia Arquette), introduces her students to classic coming-of-age stories, Ansiedad is inspired to skip adolescence and jump-start her life without mom. While Grace becomes preoccupied with the increasing affections of her co-worker (Eugenio … More

PG-13 (for mature thematic elements, sexual content including crude references, and drinking - all involving teens)
Drama , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
Hiram Martínez
In Theaters:
Sep 11, 2012
Box Office:
Lionsgate/Pantelion Films - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Girl In Progress

All Critics (42) | Top Critics (19) | Fresh (12) | Rotten (30)

It wants audiences to know it's in on the joke though it's not always apparent that there even is a joke in the first place.

Full Review… | May 11, 2012
AV Club
Top Critic

Progress acknowledges clichés but has little interest in actually subverting them, instead growing more predictable and sentimental as it goes along.

Full Review… | May 11, 2012
Top Critic

It never gives us a character we truly care about, or a consistent reason for watching.

Full Review… | May 11, 2012
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

Girl in Progress seems like a work in progress.

Full Review… | May 11, 2012
USA Today
Top Critic

The direction ... doesn't do justice to the fairly novel concept of a young woman consciously constructing her own coming-of-age scenario.

Full Review… | May 11, 2012
New York Post
Top Critic

A comedy-drama that veers between silly and serious but can't reconcile the opposing tones.

Full Review… | May 11, 2012
Top Critic

Girl In Progress does have potential but unfortunately it gives into the stereotypes of many female Spanish characters.

Full Review… | January 15, 2013
We Got This Covered

a pleasant surprise

Full Review… | October 6, 2012
7M Pictures

... as amateurish as a second-rate, high-school drama club.

Full Review… | May 18, 2012
Sacramento News & Review

As rites of passage go, Girl in Progress is a step backward for the genre.

Full Review… | May 17, 2012
Boston Phoenix

Contrived and cliche-filled, culminating in a predictable conclusion.

Full Review… | May 14, 2012
SSG Syndicate

Less a misfire than a missed opportunity, Girl In Progress squanders its time in high school, neglecting the mother-daughter story that forms its more interesting core.

Full Review… | May 12, 2012
Boxoffice Magazine

Any attempt to provide insight into various real-life issues, such as teenage rebellion or the perils of single motherhood, is compromised by the film's predicable reliance on feel-good sentimentality.

Full Review… | May 11, 2012

Coming-of-age story cautions against forcing adulthood.

Full Review… | May 11, 2012
Common Sense Media

Coming-of-age tale has a lot of appealing elements which help counteract its weaknesses.

Full Review… | May 11, 2012
Film Journal International

While Girl In Progress isn't a bad film, it just isn't good enough to really say anything all that meaningful about the task of becoming an adult in a challenging world.

Full Review… | May 11, 2012
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

What is this movie? Is it meant to be heartwarming? Funny? Satirical? Moving?

Full Review… | May 11, 2012

Girl in Progress is an old story about a young girl told in a smart way, and that's something you don't see every day, no matter how many times you think you've seen it before.

Full Review… | May 11, 2012
Austin Chronicle

Even in all its movie-cuteness, Girl in Progress keeps its feet on the ground just enough to keep you watching.

Full Review… | May 10, 2012

Audience Reviews for Girl In Progress

All in all I liked it. Cute, yet sometimes serious. Very chick flickish, though. I have a teenage daughter, so I am sure that helped my attraction to this movie. Still, I thought that it was well done...

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


Girl In Progress is a film based on a strained mother and daughter relationship. Grace is quite a mess at motherhood. She got pregnant young and was kicked out of her mothers house to do it all on her own. It isn't easy and she doesn't make it any easier on herself. She's not a present mother and leaves Ansiedad on her own a lot. She's involved with a married man who she works as a maid for. She hasn't made the best choices and I really don't think she knows how to be a mother since she really didn't have much of one either.
Ansiedad has decided she wants to speed her teenage years up and go straight into adulthood so she can leave her mother behind. But when her choices start back firing on her she finds herself to be even more alone then she started out being.
The acting was OK and the story was interesting enough, but still it wasn't great. I probably wouldn't see this again.


Super Reviewer

A Tale of Acting Up, Acting Out, and Acting Your Age.

Good movie! The movie starts off slow and a bit quirky. At times it even feels like it is trying to hard to be something its not. Then somewhere in the middle, it drops the quirky and the story develops. I became invested and began to care for the characters.The acting was good. Both main actresses do a great job in their roles as mother and daughter. As an educator myself, I see these types of mothers and daughters almost every school year. It was nice seeing their story be told and also one from Latin roots.I would recommend this movie because at the end of it all, you leave the movie with some thoughts and emotions tied to the characters.

As single mom Grace juggles work, bills, and her affair with a married doctor, her daughter, Ansiedad, plots a shortcut to adulthood after finding inspiration in the coming-of-age stories she's reading for school.

Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

The idea of a self-aware young woman consciously staging her own coming-of-age story is a clever and novel concept and I enjoyed watching it play out. Ansiedad is the intelligent young woman who attempts to manufacture herself into adulthood by forcing herself through various "rites of passage" and rebelling against authority. The problem with all her screaming for attention is that we don't see the relationship between mother and daughter as volatile as it needs to be in order to set off the expedition. What I do like about the movie is the sweet, adorble, and talented Cierra Ramirez (who reminds me of a Latino Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen) and her portrayal of Ansiedad. She's a likeable character and your routing for her even though she's pretty clueless about what it takes to grow up. You can't help cheering for her and cringing when she gets into scrapes. Meanwhile, Eva Mendes' character is the one who really needs to grow up. She sleeps with a married man and doesn't apologize to her daughter for her childlike behavior. It's a feel-good, moral-at-the-end movie.

Dannielle Albert

Super Reviewer

Girl In Progress Quotes

My mother never finished high school. She was seventeen when I ruined the party.
– Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)
She likes to embellish!
She just learned that word on TV.
– Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)

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