• R, 1 hr. 31 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Naomi Foner
    In Theaters:
    Jul 25, 2014 Limited
    On DVD:
    Sep 23, 2014
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Very Good Girls Reviews

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Kyle Turner
Under the Radar

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.

Full Review Source: Under the Radar | Original Score: 5.5/10

August 1, 2014
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

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

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice | Original Score: 3/5

July 31, 2014
Anna Tatarska
Movie Mezzanine

...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.

Full Review Source: Movie Mezzanine | Original Score: B

July 27, 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
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
Brent Simon
Paste Magazine

Appreciably different and well acted throughout, and sincerely engaging in patches... [but] ultimately succumbs to sigh-inducing artificiality.

Full Review Source: Paste Magazine | Original Score: 4.7/10

August 16, 2014
Robert Levin

The film treats a complicated experience with painstaking simplicity.

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

August 10, 2014
Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media

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

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 2/5

August 1, 2014
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
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
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