According To Greta


According To Greta

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Hilary Duff and Evan Ross star in this interracial teen romance about a waitress whose summer romance with an ambitious cook is threatened when her grandparents (Ellen Burstyn and Michael Murphy) voice concern about her new boyfriend's criminal history.

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Critic Reviews for According To Greta

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (1)

  • Working from a psychologically trite script by Michael Gilvary, director Nancy Bardawil gets largely good performances from her cast.

    Dec 14, 2009 | Full Review…
  • ...[a] surprisingly engrossing character study.

    Jan 24, 2010 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Small screen hottie Hilary Duff moves on from her kid celebrity roots carved out on Disney Channel's Lizzie McGuire, to not exactly Juno looking for lust here, but excelling in a vocal talent for snotty teen talk that's as anti-grownup as can be.

    Dec 25, 2009 | Full Review…
  • Misfires when it should've soared, and while Hilary Duff gives the role a forceful middle-finger twinkle, it's wasted on unsophisticated ABC Family leftovers.

    Dec 11, 2009 | Rating: D | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for According To Greta

  • Oct 15, 2011
    Hilary Duff played the self-absorbed, overly dramatic teenager very well. She was so annoying and disrespectful ! If I was her grandmother, I would have popped her in the mouth by the second day. I really liked her boyfriend. Ex-con or not, he was way classier and more responsible than she was. Boot camp would have done this spoiled brat some good!
    Ida K Super Reviewer
  • May 28, 2011
    Cast: Hilary Duff, Ellen Burstyn, Michael Murphy, Evan Ross, Melissa Leo, Maury Ginsberg, Vivan Dugré, Oren Skoog, Kelly Sullivan, Tsianina Joelson Director: Nancy Bardawil Summary: Dumped on her grandparents (Ellen Burstyn and Michael Murphy) for the summer by her indifferent mother (Melissa Leo), acerbic and self-destructive teenager Greta (Hilary Duff) disrupts the elderly couple's staid life on the Jersey Shore in this coming-of-age melodrama. But eventually, a romance with a charming short-order cook (Evan Ross) and the unconditional love of her grandparents help Zoe face down her demons. My Thoughts: "The story-line was OK, and it dealt with some dark issues and had a pretty good cast (Melissa Leo and Ellen Burstyn). But my major issue, and maybe it's just me, was Hilary Duff as Greta. I just didn't think she pulled the role off. She just didn't do it for me. For me, she just didn't connect with the character Greta at all and was unbelievable in the role. She seemed to over act and that always hurts a scene and the film. When you see a film you don't want to see an actor try and act the part, you want to believe and feel they are the character. So it was a miss for me, but still worth taking a look at for the story-line."
  • Sep 23, 2010
    Crash course with life and growing up... it was a pretty okay watch. Probably not a second-view type of film though.
    Leigh R Super Reviewer
  • Apr 14, 2010
    One of the better roles i have seen Hilary Duff in. I was expecting just a nice teen type movie out of this, but it was a little darker than I expected, and deals with some serious issues. Of course it does not delve as deeply in as it could do, as I think they were still aiming at a teen audience here, and it does of course, tie up neatly by the end, which it probably wouldn't really in real life, but still quite a good film I think. Rewatch 2017 - well, it's obvious I'm 10 years older than last time I watched this- it's still a good teen movie, and Hilary is fantastic as Greta, but wow she's hard to like. She's a rude, disrespectful little cow for most of this, and I was vouching for her grandparents to send her packing off home. Why should anyone put up with that in their own home, grandchild or no. Of course it's a movie, so there is redemption at the end and when you meet the mother, things become a little clearer. Unlike real life where many have the bad attitude without the dark past.
    Nicki M Super Reviewer

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