Tanner Hall Reviews

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David Noh
Film Journal International
September 9, 2011

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.

Dustin Putman
DustinPutman.com
September 6, 2011

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

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic
September 15, 2011

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.

Full Review | Original Score: C+
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
September 14, 2011

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.

Full Review | Original Score: D+
Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media
September 9, 2011

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

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Andy Webster
New York Times
Top Critic
September 9, 2011

Rarely rises above the generic, though its atmosphere of coddled young people indulging themselves in opulent surroundings is palpably authentic.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
Top Critic
September 9, 2011

Ultimately not even the gifted Mara can keep the film from feeling like a gauzy portrait of privilege.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
Top Critic
September 9, 2011

The performances aren't bad, but the film quickly collapses into an incoherent, tonally inconsistent muddle with no narrative momentum.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic
September 8, 2011

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic
September 8, 2011

There are some dedicated performances, but this unfocused drama adds nothing new to the girls' boarding school film curriculum.

Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
September 8, 2011

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

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
September 8, 2011

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

Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Alison Willmore
AV Club
Top Critic
September 8, 2011

The result isn't bad, it just lacks momentum and a strong reason for existing.

Full Review | Original Score: C
David Fear
Time Out New York
Top Critic
September 7, 2011

Nothing but a tone-deaf, cliché-ridden mediocrity at best.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Nick Schager
Village Voice
Top Critic
September 6, 2011

[A] tale of teenage rivalry, forbidden romance and other musty coming-of-age concerns.

Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
September 4, 2011

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

Full Review | Original Score: C+
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
September 4, 2011

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

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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