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Very Good Girls Reviews

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Stephen Silver
September 26, 2014
"Very Good Girls" is far from a perfect movie, but I enjoyed its spirit and atmosphere, even as I objected to some of the key elements.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kyle Turner
Under the Radar
August 1, 2014
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 | Original Score: 5.5/10
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
July 31, 2014
A difficult yet rewarding summer for a teenager getting ready to leave for college.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Anna Tatarska
Movie Mezzanine
July 27, 2014
...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 | Original Score: B
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 25, 2014
Very Good Girls has a breezy yet bittersweet, vaguely nostalgic vibe.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Prairie Miller
July 9, 2014
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.
Christian Toto
September 22, 2014
Youthful cliches trump insight in Very Good Girls.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Brent Simon
Paste Magazine
August 16, 2014
Appreciably different and well acted throughout, and sincerely engaging in patches... [but] ultimately succumbs to sigh-inducing artificiality.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.7/10
Robert Levin
August 10, 2014
The film treats a complicated experience with painstaking simplicity.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media
August 1, 2014
Bland, brooding coming-of-age drama wastes talented cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Todd Jorgenson
July 25, 2014
It rings false in its portrayal of sisterhood and coming-of-age angst.
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
July 25, 2014
An almost complete waste of a talented cast, and all to, apparently, convince teenaged girls that sex isn't worth the hassle. Say what?
Susan Wloszczyna
July 25, 2014
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies
July 24, 2014
[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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
Isaac Feldberg
We Got This Covered
July 24, 2014
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 | Original Score: 3/10
Nina Garin
San Diego Union-Tribune
July 24, 2014
You keep wishing it were better.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
July 24, 2014
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.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
July 24, 2014
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.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
July 24, 2014
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 | Original Score: 2/5
Marsha McCreadie
Film Journal International
July 24, 2014
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.
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