All the Real Girls (2003)



Critic Consensus: Has enough honest moments to warrant a look.

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Twenty-two-year-old Paul lives with his mother and works as a mechanic in a sleepy North Carolina mill town. Charming, smart, and unambitious, he has a devoted circle of rowdy friends and a reputation as a callous heartbreaker. When he meets his best friend's sister Noel, fresh from boarding school graduation, the two fall into a perfect, real, but terrifying love.
R (for language and some sexuality)
Art House & International , Drama , Romance
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Patricia Clarkson
as Elvira Fine
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Undisciplined, unfocused, overimprovised and unevenly acted.

June 6, 2003
Orlando Sentinel
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A wise, delicate and immensely touching romance.

April 11, 2003
Miami Herald
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Much of the film, which so much wants to seem natural and unforced, comes off as contrived and slightly precious.

April 10, 2003
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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The characters in All the Real Girls can seem a little thin ... but the emotions always feel genuine.

April 4, 2003
Seattle Times
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There's something missing from this slowly paced story of young love, like a painting that's still waiting for its subject to be dropped in.

April 4, 2003
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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A love story for those who cannot tolerate the phoniness of Hollywood romance movies, one that deftly avoids melodrama and manipulation in favor of raw emotion.

Full Review… | April 3, 2003
Dallas Morning News
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A man pursues his friend's sister, a match frowned upon because of his promiscuous past. Paul Schneider delivers a sensitive portrayal of Paul, and his romantic scenes with Zooey Deschanel are quite charming. What I liked about the film was how relateable that relationship was. Typical of indie films, All the Real Girls is filled with long pauses and understated scenes that fail to state much. I also have several plot questions. I have no idea why Noel chooses the person she chooses in the third act, and because we never see Paul being a rake and he never goes back to his old behavior, it's hard to believe all the rumors about his character flaws. Overall, I think I like this film more than it deserves mainly because the two leads seemed like people I know or could know.

Jim Hunter
Jim Hunter

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What the hell David Gordon Green? You make the highness and the sitter instead of making more films like this?? This is actually a raw powerhouse film that shows how amazing zooey descahnel and Paul schnieder are. The story is simplistic but the acting and the direction of the film are what makes a contemporary classic. Huge fan of this film!

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