The Pretty One Reviews

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Austin Trunick
Under the Radar
August 18, 2014
[The script] takes a concept that sounds ludicrous on paper and handles it in an unexpectedly sincere, clever manner.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Drew Hunt
Chicago Reader
February 28, 2014
The film is trite on the surface, but through some complex plotting, writer-director Jenée LaMarque slyly incorporates foreboding themes of guilt and delusion that push the farcical elements to the brink.
Travis Hopson
Examiner.com
February 22, 2014
Like its lead character, The Pretty One is a little unstable even as its charms are irresistible.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest
February 22, 2014
Given its morbid, somewhat clichéd premise, I was pleasantly surprised by "The Pretty One." While no classic, it is both refreshingly quirky and more sensitive than expected.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Leonard Maltin
Leonard Maltin's Picks
February 21, 2014
The premise of "The Pretty One" may be far-fetched, but it's carried out with sincerity and the results are amusing, ironic, and thoughtful. Here's a small-scale movie that offers a gleam of satisfaction.
Sherilyn Connelly
SF Weekly
February 20, 2014
The Pretty One has a more gruesome premise than most body-switching comedies, but also more heart, mostly due to Zoe Kazan's expressive, vulnerable performance.
Kurt Loder
Reason Online
February 14, 2014
As anyone who saw her at full glow in Ruby Sparks might guess, Zoe Kazan is enough to make the movie worth seeing.
Chris Sawin
Examiner.com
February 12, 2014
Zoe Kazan does an excellent job portraying two separate characters, but The Pretty One is never able to overcome its weak first half which is overloaded with weak story points, lame dialogue, and poorly developed characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Ethan Alter
Television Without Pity
February 7, 2014
Johnson and Kazan quickly establish a chemistry that's cute-quirky rather than annoying-quirky.
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Christy Lemire
RogerEbert.com
February 7, 2014
Zoe Kazan breathes fresh, exciting life into a tried-and-true high concept, playing opposite herself as twentysomething identical twins in "The Pretty One."
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Tony Medley
Tolucan Times
February 6, 2014
This small indie comes close to perfection....intuitive, sometimes funny and sometimes poignant...thoroughly rewarding.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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Aaron Hillis
Village Voice
February 4, 2014
Kazan holds together a decent coming-of-age script that's emotionally sincere if tonally unfocused.
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
February 2, 2014
The identity crisis could have been more convincing if Zoe Kazan had Zoe Deschanel's charm.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine
February 2, 2014
The film is a quiet, tender triumph that leaves you feeling as if you've been embraced without you feeling had.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rodrigo Perez
The Playlist
April 24, 2013
Writer/director LaMarque...has a confident voice and she's a lovely new discovery...She pulls some amazing performances out of these actors and has a real sense for mood, tone and style...
Full Review | Original Score: B
Robert Levin
amNewYork
February 23, 2014
The film has plenty of charm, but not enough to overcome a heaping dose of clichéd whimsy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Carlos Aguilar
Movie Mezzanine
February 21, 2014
Outright ridiculous and utterly farfetched.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Michael Sragow
Orange County Register
February 20, 2014
The whole movie has a damp, logy texture. It could have used a rewrite or a re-edit just to dry it out.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
February 20, 2014
What would "The Pretty One" be without Zoe Kazan's pixieish melancholy and offbeat comic timing? Not much.
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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
February 20, 2014
It would take a lot of charm for "The Pretty One" to overcome that creepy premise, but the movie doesn't have it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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