Very Good Girls Reviews

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Clayton Dillard
Slant Magazine
July 20, 2014
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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
Tim Grierson
Screen International
January 23, 2013
A romantic drama that features sympathetic performances from Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen that can't overcome the story's general blandness.
Robert Levin
amNewYork
August 10, 2014
The film treats a complicated experience with painstaking simplicity.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Christian Toto
HollywoodInToto.com
September 22, 2014
Youthful cliches trump insight in Very Good Girls.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com
July 24, 2014
Girls reveals plenty of potential, but nothing gels as Foner imagines, making the feature appealing and honest, but only periodically.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
July 23, 2014
A drama that feels like an old person's idea of what young people are like.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media
August 1, 2014
Bland, brooding coming-of-age drama wastes talented cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matt Pais
RedEye
July 24, 2014
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
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
Erik Childress
Film Threat
June 24, 2014
Nothing rises above the level of an after school special, though, making this a disappointment in about every conceivable way.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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?
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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.
Susan Wloszczyna
RogerEbert.com
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
Mike D'Angelo
The Dissolve
July 22, 2014
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 | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Jesse Hassenger
AV Club
July 23, 2014
Holbrook acts as a discount Ryan Gosling -- all the mumbling and silence at just 20 percent of the charisma.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Alissa Simon
Variety
January 23, 2013
With a screenplay lacking the freshness and credibility of Foner's best work, this all-around misfire saddles a miscast group of name thesps with some strikingly awful costume design.
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
July 25, 2014
It rings false in its portrayal of sisterhood and coming-of-age angst.
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Chuck Wilson
Village Voice
July 22, 2014
Very Good Girls is a film one wants to like but can't. It just doesn't work.
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
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