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.
| Original Score: D
Progress acknowledges clichés but has little interest in actually subverting them, instead growing more predictable and sentimental as it goes along.
It never gives us a character we truly care about, or a consistent reason for watching.
| Original Score: 1/4
Girl in Progress seems like a work in progress.
| Original Score: 2/4
The direction ... doesn't do justice to the fairly novel concept of a young woman consciously constructing her own coming-of-age scenario.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
A comedy-drama that veers between silly and serious but can't reconcile the opposing tones.
Smart girls do stupid things, there's no doubt about it. But Ansiedad's bad behavior is supposed to be both faux and earnest, a premise that doesn't jell.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Does it pull out all the melodramatic stops toward the end? Does it resolve its many climactic crises too neatly and too sweetly? Yes on both counts. But, then again, what did you expect?
| Original Score: 3/5
A well-done, conscientious and funny little film that recalls "Clueless," only with more heart.
The mystery of Eva Mendes' slow-simmering career continues.
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.
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.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
This inauthentic teen tale, with its cosmetically softened edges, serves neither the young people nor the Mendes fans for whom it might be intended.
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.
A corny, overwritten movie made by a director with nothing to say.
... when Girl in Progress works, it's a thoughtful trip -- no matter how broad some of its missteps are...
Unconvincing, flawed matriarch Mendes and junior showboat Ramirez appear to be acting in entirely different movies.
Riggen's lethargic direction, which favors a monotonous procession of static, centrally framed compositions, doesn't help matters in the slightest.
| Original Score: 2/5
The movie goes soft. But it has the unpretentious energy and charm of a good YA girls' novel.