Violet & Daisy Reviews

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A.O. Scott
New York Times
June 6, 2013
We don't feel the weight and menace of death, nor the volatile emotions of youth, and have nothing to respond to beyond the spectacle of girls with guns.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Christine N. Ziemba
Paste Magazine
June 6, 2013
Essentially, the film is Tarantino-ultralite -- just without the crisp dialogue, graphic violence or much of a plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.9/10
Dann Gire
Chicago Daily Herald
June 6, 2013
The bouncy, blackly comedic cartoon that begins this movie segues into a suspense-challenged, severely sincere drama that winds up, much like Violet and Daisy frequently do, without any bullets.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
June 6, 2013
If you want to see Saoirse bumping people off, go with the stylish "Hanna" instead.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
June 6, 2013
Ronan is good at shifting between killer and kid. But it's impossible not to wish she would once again have a role that matches her talent.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
June 6, 2013
A frequently off-putting film about two teenage assassins.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4

Oregonian
June 6, 2013
Violet's and Daisy's combination of girlish naiveté and John Woo-style intensity probably seemed much niftier on the page.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Claude Peck
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 6, 2013
The script might have pushed harder, and included more incident and less of the rote psychologizing that bogs things down in the final reel.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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William Goss
Film.com
June 6, 2013
A candy-colored offering of bloodshed and banter so self-conscious that it alienates the viewer early and often.
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
June 6, 2013
Violet and Daisy's cutesy chatter, and violence set to great old songs, are the movie's reasons for being. Which ultimately isn't enough ammo.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com
June 6, 2013
Leads Bledel and Ronan show spark and interest to lean into the shaming Fletcher initially appears to value, but their efforts are gradually flooded by a helmer who doesn't quite know what type of movie he wants to make.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
June 6, 2013
Fletcher must have thought the dark comedy would indemnify him against the cascading illogic of the plot.
Top Critic
June 6, 2013
Talky and artificial, it moves like a sort of lobotomized Hal Hartley movie ...
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Matt Pais
RedEye
June 6, 2013
Fletcher should have done more than applauding himself after writing 'Diablo Cody' on one hand and 'Quentin Tarantino' on the other.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Matt Donato
We Got This Covered
June 6, 2013
Violet & Daisy is a tonal sugar high in all the worst ways - an overload of marshmallows and lollipops which work awkwardly with the whole contract killing theme Fletcher attempts to use as a funny contrast.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Chris Barsanti
Film Journal International
June 5, 2013
This smartly acted but over-directed and woozy hit-girl comedy, on the shelf since 2011, garners a few chuckles early on but swiftly plunges right off the rails.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
June 4, 2013
Artsy-fartsy gibberish executed with a staggering incoherence that smacks of desperation.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Matt Singer
Time Out
June 4, 2013
Fletcher ... drowns his directorial debut in the sort of quirky yak-yak-yak conversations seemingly required of modern movies about hit men.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
June 4, 2013
The key relationships are well drawn, if not especially revealing of anything human, and director Fletcher sometimes dares some welcome absurdity.
R. Kurt Osenlund
Slant Magazine
June 4, 2013
A twisted, spirited exercise in stark juxtaposition, a grindhouse fairy tale of sorts that pairs the sugary sweet with the nastily violent.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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