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17 Girls Reviews

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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
September 28, 2012
17 Girls is allegedly inspired by true events, but this diffident, dreamy film is so insubstantial it's hard to believe there's a speck of reality to be found in it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
September 21, 2012
The film suggests a state of grace between childhood and adulthood, but the narrative feels increasingly tentative, and the characters remain opaque - "local divas," in one teacher's estimation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
September 21, 2012
The question is why this incident seemed worth dramatizing, especially in such a dreamily romanti-cized way - with perfect pregnancies and friendly baby daddies.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
September 20, 2012
The movie takes you inside the dreamy collective mentality of bored, mildly rebellious girls who look with horror at the lives of their mostly working-class parents.
| Original Score: 5/5
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
September 20, 2012
The movie needs a tighter grip, yet the narrative detours, including a beach party and one especially liberating confrontation, can be surprisingly joyous.
| Original Score: 3/4
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September 20, 2012
The film's rhythms mimic the volatile emotional life of adolescence: the violent rushes between euphoria and despair, the overconfident contempt for adults mixed with regressive dependence when things fall apart.
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
September 20, 2012
"17 Girls" doesn't try to explain its many mysteries. That would have made for a better film, but this one does a nice job showing its effects.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Noel Murray
AV Club
September 20, 2012
17 Girls has a nice look, and strong performances, but ultimately, the Coulins fail to go deeply enough into the heads of their protagonists.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Thembi Ford
Village Voice
September 18, 2012
A lot of style, but not much substance.
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David Fear
Time Out
September 18, 2012
Plays like the most lyrical after-school special ever; it gives lip service to the teens' anxieties and euphoria while threading in the occasional swoonworthy image.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
April 24, 2012
The film captures a moment when irrationality and romantic self-delusion go viral -- and the difficulty of containing such elements.
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Boyd van Hoeij
Variety
February 23, 2012
Impressively, the rookie scribe-helmers' sense of equilibrium is unerring and also surprisingly subtle.