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Tanner Hall (2011)



Average Rating: 3.9/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 9

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As Fernanda (Rooney Mara) enters her senior year at Tanner Hall-a sheltered boarding school in New England-she's faced with unexpected changes in her group of friends when a childhood acquaintance, the charismatic yet manipulative trouble-maker Victoria (Georgia King), appears. Shy and studious, Fernanda is usually the voice of reason among her friends-adventurous and sexy Kate (Brie Larsen) and tomboy Lucasta (Amy Ferguson)-but when she begins a complicated friendship with Gio (Tom Everett

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Codirectors Francesca Gregorini and Tatiana von Furstenberg work up some believable, easygoing rapport between the young actresses, but since the story line is hackneyed, it's rapport in a vacuum.

September 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
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Rarely rises above the generic, though its atmosphere of coddled young people indulging themselves in opulent surroundings is palpably authentic.

September 9, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Ultimately not even the gifted Mara can keep the film from feeling like a gauzy portrait of privilege.

September 9, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Comment (1)
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The performances aren't bad, but the film quickly collapses into an incoherent, tonally inconsistent muddle with no narrative momentum.

September 9, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Post
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Allows room for a lot of thinking about other things - its cast most notably, since watching their struggle to move beyond the mundane is painful.

September 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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There are some dedicated performances, but this unfocused drama adds nothing new to the girls' boarding school film curriculum.

September 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
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A cinematic cocktail blended from the contents of a suburban medicine cabinet, "Tanner Hall" is a girls-boarding-school movie that could bring up the bile in more than a few throats.

September 14, 2011 Full Review Source:

Entertaining but sometimes sophomoric coming-of-age drama about a gaggle of nice and not-so-nice rich girls at a boarding school, boasting star Rooney Mara before her Social Network/Dragon Tattoo coups.

September 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Uneven coming-of-age drama features sex, drugs, adultery.

September 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

has its charms but it's mostly full of sound and fury, signifying nothing

September 8, 2011 Full Review Source:

A derivative and unappealing drama about four girls at a boarding school.

September 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

There is an empathy in Tanner Hall that overcomes its familiar trappings and iffy low-budget scope.

September 6, 2011 Full Review Source:

The story is involving but the character are types rather than authentic individuals.

September 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Compuserve

A misshapen beast of a film, Tanner Hall isn't so much kaleidoscopic, episodic drama as underdeveloped, perfunctory multi-character mash-up.

September 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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Audience Reviews for Tanner Hall

Mildly entertaining.
March 17, 2014

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Okay movie, well cast. A little slower than I expected, actually pretty tame and lacking in punch.
Amy Sedaris has only a small role and she's not funny at all, which is unusual.
It's worth watching once, I guess, but can't really recommend it as it is a little on the dull side. For a similar theme done better, I would recommend The Hairy bird (Australian title -aka Strike! Or All I wanna do).
July 15, 2012

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Cast: Rooney Mara, Georgia King, Brie Larson, Amy Ferguson, Amy Sedaris, Tom Everett Scott, Chris Kattan, Shawn Pyfrom, Annika Peterson

Director: Francesca Gregorini, Tatiana von Furstenberg

Summary: The arrival of Victoria (Georgia King), a manipulative new pupil, quickly signals the end of innocence for returning student Fernanda (Rooney Mara). In short order, the preppy, tranquil atmosphere of knee socks and cardigans at Tanner Hall gives way to a world of tangled emotions among the schoolgirls.

My Thoughts: "I wasn't sure what to expect with this movie cause I really didn't know what it was about. I think the summary of the film is deceiving. It's about these young girls becoming women. Growing into themselves and learning about themselves. The young Victoria doesn't disrupt these other young ladies innocence since they seemed a bit corrupt all on their own. Performances were fine, but the story is quite bland and has been done. Decent film, not worth a second look though."
December 18, 2011

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On the plus side, Victoria's(Georgia King) enrolling at a new boarding school allows her to put some distance between her and her mom and to be reunited with her childhood friend Fernanda(Rooney Mara) and quickly introduced to her friends Kate(Brie Larson) and Lucasta(Amy Ferguson). On the down side, the limo driver forgot to pack her clothes, forcing her to borrow some of Fernanda's, putting some strain on their friendship when she tries to alter them without her friend's knowledge. Even worse is when it turns out that Victoria's roommate is a bed wetter.

While it seems "Tanner Hall" might desperately want to have something to say about female friendship, it instead goes off in the creepy direction of teenage women who have relationships with much older men. And it is less critical than leering. That's not to mention the epic scenes involving bed wetting and erectile dysfunction. However, it should surprise no one that Rooney Mara is the best thing going here but even she can make little difference in the end.
July 13, 2013
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