• R, 1 hr. 31 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Naomi Foner
    In Theaters:
    Jul 25, 2014 Limited
    On DVD:
    Sep 23, 2014
  • Well Go USA

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Very Good Girls Reviews

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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
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
Tim Grierson
Screen International

A romantic drama that features sympathetic performances from Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen that can't overcome the story's general blandness.

Full Review Source: Screen International

January 23, 2013
Robert Levin
amNewYork

The film treats a complicated experience with painstaking simplicity.

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

August 10, 2014
Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com

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
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
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
Matt Pais
RedEye

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
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
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
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
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
Susan Wloszczyna
RogerEbert.com

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
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
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
Alissa Simon
Variety
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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.

Full Review Source: Variety

January 23, 2013
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com

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

Full Review Source: Cinemalogue.com

July 25, 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
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
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
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