• R, 1 hr. 31 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Naomi Foner
    In Theaters:
    Jul 25, 2014 Limited
    On DVD:
    Sep 22, 2014
  • Well Go USA


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Very Good Girls Reviews

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Todd Jorgenson

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

Full Review Source: Cinemalogue.com

July 25, 2014
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

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

Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher

July 25, 2014
Susan Wloszczyna

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.

Full Review Source: RogerEbert.com | Original Score: 1.5/4

July 25, 2014
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Very Good Girls has a breezy yet bittersweet, vaguely nostalgic vibe.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3/4

July 25, 2014
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies

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

Full Review Source: Mark Reviews Movies | Original Score: 1.5/4

July 24, 2014
Isaac Feldberg
We Got This Covered

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.

Full Review Source: We Got This Covered | Original Score: 3/10

July 24, 2014
Nina Garin
San Diego Union-Tribune

You keep wishing it were better.

Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune | Original Score: 2/5

July 24, 2014
Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
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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.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times

July 24, 2014
Stephen Holden
New York 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.

Full Review Source: New York Times

July 24, 2014
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/5

July 24, 2014
Marsha McCreadie
Film Journal International

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.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

July 24, 2014
Brian Orndorf

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

Full Review Source: Blu-ray.com | Original Score: C

July 24, 2014
Matt Pais

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.

Full Review Source: RedEye | Original Score: 1.5/4

July 24, 2014
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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A drama that feels like an old person's idea of what young people are like.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1/4

July 23, 2014
Jesse Hassenger
AV Club
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Holbrook acts as a discount Ryan Gosling -- all the mumbling and silence at just 20 percent of the charisma.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C

July 23, 2014
Chuck Wilson
Village Voice
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Very Good Girls is a film one wants to like but can't. It just doesn't work.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

July 22, 2014
Mike D'Angelo
The Dissolve

Why [Naomi Foner] would devote her energy to creating two young women defined almost entirely by their competition for a generic hunk is a mystery-though she's at least made sure that the guy is even more boring than the girls.

Full Review Source: The Dissolve | Original Score: 1.5/5

July 22, 2014
Clayton Dillard
Slant Magazine

More disheartening than the unremarkable visual style is that the female leads aren't given ample space to develop as dynamic characters beyond the most urgent confines of the script's scenarios.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

July 20, 2014
Prairie Miller

Though Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen are just too old to pull off playing graduating high schoolers, they're more than entitled to a pass here for the extraordinary depth, passion and complexity they bring to their coming of age female characters.

Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

July 9, 2014
Erik Childress
Film Threat

Nothing rises above the level of an after school special, though, making this a disappointment in about every conceivable way.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 1.5/4

June 24, 2014
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