Girl In Progress Reviews

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Karen Benardello
We Got This Covered
January 15, 2013
Girl In Progress does have potential but unfortunately it gives into the stereotypes of many female Spanish characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Annlee Ellingson
Paste Magazine
May 8, 2012
There's little to complain about here, but there's also little to cheer about. Benignly enjoyable during viewing, the production ultimately takes too few risks.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.0/10
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
May 10, 2012
Can a single tone-deaf, wince-inducing joke, even one that's repeated, kill a movie? No. Not a good film. But a marginal one that has trouble finding its tone? Let's just say wisecracks about spouse abuse don't help this one.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
JimmyO
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
May 11, 2012
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 | Original Score: 5/10
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 10, 2012
Attention, women! You should never sleep with a man whose only attribute is that you want to sleep with him. I should write a book of my own.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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William Goss
Film.com
May 11, 2012
Progress acknowledges clichés but has little interest in actually subverting them, instead growing more predictable and sentimental as it goes along.
Brett Michel
Boston Phoenix
May 17, 2012
As rites of passage go, Girl in Progress is a step backward for the genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
May 6, 2012
Girl in Progress operates like a training-wheels melodrama for genre-uneducated tweens.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze
May 8, 2012
A plot with a far too self-conscious main character functioning more as tour guide than dramatically spontaneous protagonist. And a narrative running on a perpetually pouting young teen's social calendar checklist, dragging its way to the finish line.
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
May 18, 2012
... as amateurish as a second-rate, high-school drama club.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
May 9, 2012
This is being marketed as an ideal film for moms and daughters to see together on Mother's Day weekend. A long, awkward brunch sounds more fun -- and more truthful.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
May 11, 2012
Girl in Progress seems like a work in progress.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Michelle Orange
Movieline
May 10, 2012
It plays with the idea that all rebellion is in some sense performed and makes a caricature out of the immature, attention-hungry mother, but it never liberates its characters from their molds.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
May 14, 2012
Contrived and cliche-filled, culminating in a predictable conclusion.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
May 9, 2012
This inauthentic teen tale, with its cosmetically softened edges, serves neither the young people nor the Mendes fans for whom it might be intended.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
May 11, 2012
It never gives us a character we truly care about, or a consistent reason for watching.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
May 11, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
May 11, 2012
A comedy-drama that veers between silly and serious but can't reconcile the opposing tones.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Boyd van Hoeij
Variety
May 10, 2012
The lack of connective tissue and more explicitly drawn parallels between the storylines drags the pic down to the level of a basic TV series.
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R. Emmet Sweeney
Time Out
May 8, 2012
Riggen's lethargic direction, which favors a monotonous procession of static, centrally framed compositions, doesn't help matters in the slightest.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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