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Gregory's Girl

Gregory's Girl (1981)

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100

Average Rating: 7.6/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 0

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82

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Average Rating: 3.7/5
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The sophomore film of Scottish director Bill Forsyth was his first international hit, a typically quirky comedy set amongst colorful Scottish teenagers. Gregory (John Gordon Sinclair) is a normal, gangly, hormonally-challenged student who, like his pals, has begun to discover the charms of the opposite sex, particularly those of Dorothy (Dee Hepburn), the new girl in school and a talented soccer player. Dorothy joins the team, and Gregory instantly becomes smitten with her. Gregory's affections

PG,

Drama, Romance, Art House & International, Comedy

Bill Forsyth

Nov 6, 2001

MGM Home Entertainment

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Much of the pic's peculiar fascination comes from tangential scenes, limning each character's odd obsession, be it food, girls, soccer, or just watching the traffic drive by.

August 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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Quirky and utterly endearing.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Maybe only grown-ups should see this movie. You know, people who have gotten over the pains of unrequited love (hollow laugh).

October 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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It floats effortlessly over its landscape, seeing all from a marvelously cockeyed perspective all its own.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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It's hard to warm to a film as intentionally slight and safe as this.

April 20, 2001 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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A charming but slight teen movie about sports, a first romance and growing up.

March 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A funny and touching teen romance from Scottish director Bill Forsyth.

August 6, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

As charming a provincial romance as ever there was.

August 12, 2005
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The film has fresh, no-nonsense performances and a script so rooted in truth that it seems to have materialized not been written.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

What could have been a charming film about pining, becomes a confusing mess of multiple storylines that really don't amount to anything.

March 11, 2002 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

A revealing and credible portrait of adolescence that captures all the confusion, yearning, and terrors of adolescents trying to cope with their ambivalent desires.

January 17, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Audience Reviews for Gregory's Girl

Bill Forsyth's Gregory's Girl is a bit of a cult film now in the UK. I was going to say it is thoroughly British, it's not, it's thoroughly Scottish but the 1980's, comprehensive school and life in general was like that. It really takes me back. It is a certain quirkiness that may not travel well, I'm not sure why not though, I do believe the British are the easiest of audiences or at least the least lazy. If it's good, we'll have some of it. Back to the film, the performances are great, John Gordon Sinclair steals the show by a mile but the supporting cast, specifically his mates, are also rather brilliant. Compare it to an American 'gross-out' teen comedy of today, you can't really can you. Of it's time and well worth a visit now and again. Without trying to sound rude or pompous, I honestly do pity those who don't (or don't want to) get it.
January 13, 2014
SirPant

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I so don't get British humor.
May 1, 2011
jennifxu

Super Reviewer

There is only one thing negative I could say about Gregory's Girl...it makes you sad that the innocence of first love and first dates is gone forever, and also makes me wish my school had been as cool as Gregory's. Excellent performances by all and sundry, no attempts to sacrifice realism for laughs and Clare Grogan at her prettiest. Special mention must be given to the music, wonderfully twee and with a kind of nostalgic delight. Only Bill Forsyth seems able to avoid mawkishness yet still make utterly inoffensive and delectable movies. One of my top ten favourite films and one I never stop enjoying.
February 10, 2011
matertenebraum

Super Reviewer

This movie was disappointing, it's not that bad, it's okay, it's just disappointing. It's an interesting look at young love, but it's not funny, and the story is kind of all over the place at times. Overall, it's just okay.
January 11, 2011
ajv2688

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    1. Madeline: Hard work being in love. Especially when you don't know which girl it is!
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    1. Alec: Did you know that when you sneeze, it comes out yo nose at 100 miles an hour?
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