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Very Good Girls (2014)



Average Rating: 4.4/10
Reviews Counted: 29
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 24

Resting on a love triangle played out by poorly drawn characters, Very Good Girls succeeds mainly in making viewers want a better project for Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen.


Average Rating: 4.6/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 8

Resting on a love triangle played out by poorly drawn characters, Very Good Girls succeeds mainly in making viewers want a better project for Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen.



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Best friends Lily (Dakota Fanning) and Gerry (Elizabeth Olsen), home for one last New York summer, make a pact to lose their virginity before leaving for college. But when they both fall for the same handsome artist (Boyd Holbrook) and Lily starts seeing him in secret, a lifelong friendship is tested. With Demi Moore, Richard Dreyfuss, Ellen Barkin, Peter Sarsgaard, and Clark Gregg, and featuring new music by Rilo Kiley's Jenny Lewis. (c) Tribeca



Naomi Foner

Sep 23, 2014

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Very Good Girls has a breezy yet bittersweet, vaguely nostalgic vibe.

July 25, 2014 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Despite a finely wrought lead performance by Dakota Fanning, the drama feels more like the stuff of a mild - and dated - YA novel than an involving exploration of female experience.

July 24, 2014 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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One insurmountable problem is that the stars, especially Ms. Olsen, 25, are too old for their roles. Another is that the movie has more characters than it can begin to accommodate in 91 minutes.

July 24, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Disappointingly, Foner's young heroines are defined primarily by their reactions to other people. It's a great credit to Olsen and, especially, Fanning that they manage to make these characters vibrant and sympathetic anyway.

July 24, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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A drama that feels like an old person's idea of what young people are like.

July 23, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post
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Holbrook acts as a discount Ryan Gosling -- all the mumbling and silence at just 20 percent of the charisma.

July 23, 2014 Full Review Source: AV Club
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Appreciably different and well acted throughout, and sincerely engaging in patches... [but] ultimately succumbs to sigh-inducing artificiality.

August 16, 2014 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

The film treats a complicated experience with painstaking simplicity.

August 10, 2014 Full Review Source: amNewYork

Bland, brooding coming-of-age drama wastes talented cast.

August 1, 2014 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

While Olsen and Fanning are surely talented, such a cold screenplay -- one that feels hard to engage with -- ends up leaving the actresses little to work with.

August 1, 2014 Full Review Source: Under the Radar
Under the Radar

A difficult yet rewarding summer for a teenager getting ready to leave for college.

July 31, 2014 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

...Very Good Girls is a delicate and heartfelt story of a friendship on the eve of its maturity test, told in a nuanced, balanced way.

July 27, 2014 Full Review Source: Movie Mezzanine
Movie Mezzanine

It rings false in its portrayal of sisterhood and coming-of-age angst.

July 25, 2014 Full Review Source:

An almost complete waste of a talented cast, and all to, apparently, convince teenaged girls that sex isn't worth the hassle. Say what?

July 25, 2014 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

Will any film this year feature a moment more pretentious than David asking Lily to read a few lines of Sylvia Plath's poetry before their first kiss? That guy deserves a smack to the kisser all right.

July 25, 2014 Full Review Source:

[E]very conflict here arises from situations that could be easily resolved if the characters sat down to talk for a few minutes...

July 24, 2014 Full Review Source: Mark Reviews Movies
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Limp and insincere from bottom to top, Very Good Girls is especially frustrating in that its innate lousiness is more than even Fanning and Olsen can overcome.

July 24, 2014 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

You keep wishing it were better.

July 24, 2014 Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego Union-Tribune

More of a meandering, misguided path than a road to hell, Naomi Foner's directing debut, starring Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen as 18-year-old BFFs, is similarly filled with good intentions.

July 24, 2014 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Girls reveals plenty of potential, but nothing gels as Foner imagines, making the feature appealing and honest, but only periodically.

July 24, 2014 Full Review Source:

The sort of narrow drama that acts as if there's only one guy who lives in New York and treats all creative pursuits as sacred and instantly moving.

July 24, 2014 Full Review Source: RedEye

Audience Reviews for Very Good Girls

This is as mediocre as coming-of-age stories can possibly get. Elizabeth Olson and Dakota Fanning play their characters fairly well and I did buy them as best friends, but it seems to be written by somebody who knows some things about teenage girls, but also seems to be guessing about the rest. I will say that The cast gave it their all, but the film is so predictably written, with an obviously cliched conclusion, "Very Good Girls" is a big flop. I was really looking forward to seeing this film, because it is nice to see an indie film come of actors who have been in the public spotlight for so long. Based solely around sex and jokes, there is not much of an impact when the climax f the film hits, and I felt empty-handed when the credits rolled. Overall, if you like the cast you may find some enjoyment, but it is a pretty lackluster story. Nice try for this first time director though.
July 5, 2014
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