• PG-13, 1 hr. 33 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Patricia Riggen
    In Theaters:
    May 11, 2012 Limited
    On DVD:
    Sep 11, 2012
  • Lionsgate/Pantelion Films


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Girl In Progress Reviews

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Karen Benardello
We Got This Covered

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

Full Review Source: We Got This Covered | Original Score: 5/10

January 15, 2013
Annlee Ellingson
Paste Magazine

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 Source: Paste Magazine | Original Score: 6.0/10

May 8, 2012
Roger Moore
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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 Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service | Original Score: 1.5/4

May 10, 2012
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

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 Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium | Original Score: 5/10

May 11, 2012
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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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 Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 1.5/4

May 10, 2012
William Goss
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Progress acknowledges clichés but has little interest in actually subverting them, instead growing more predictable and sentimental as it goes along.

Full Review Source: Film.com

May 11, 2012
Brett Michel
Boston Phoenix

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

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix | Original Score: 1/4

May 17, 2012
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine

Girl in Progress operates like a training-wheels melodrama for genre-uneducated tweens.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1/4

May 6, 2012
Prairie Miller

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.

Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

May 8, 2012
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

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

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 1/5

May 18, 2012
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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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 Source: Associated Press | Original Score: 1.5/4

May 9, 2012
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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Girl in Progress seems like a work in progress.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2/4

May 11, 2012
Michelle Orange

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 Source: Movieline | Original Score: 6/10

May 10, 2012
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate

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

Full Review Source: SSG Syndicate | Original Score: 5/10

May 14, 2012
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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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 Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: D

May 9, 2012
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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It never gives us a character we truly care about, or a consistent reason for watching.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 1/4

May 11, 2012
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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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 Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 11, 2012
Rafer Guzman
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A comedy-drama that veers between silly and serious but can't reconcile the opposing tones.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2/4

May 11, 2012
Boyd van Hoeij
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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.

Full Review Source: Variety

May 10, 2012
R. Emmet Sweeney
Time Out New York
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Riggen's lethargic direction, which favors a monotonous procession of static, centrally framed compositions, doesn't help matters in the slightest.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/5

May 8, 2012
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