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Ginger & Rosa Reviews

March 29, 2013
Coming from anyone else, Ginger & Rosa would be a sensitive if predictable coming-of-age tale set in the mists of the distant past. But coming from writer-director Sally Potter, it's a major surprise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 28, 2013
A near-flawless film, beautifully shot and cut, excitingly performed and deeply felt.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
March 28, 2013
Fanning is nearly perfect as Ginger navigates choppier waters than most teens have to. There is not a false note in her performance; no matter how melodramatic things become, everything about Ginger remains genuine.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 28, 2013
Elle Fanning is scary. Scarily good.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 28, 2013
In all respects, this is the completely captivating Fanning's picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 28, 2013
Potter has a rich compositional eye, but she wisely trims the fat from the dialogue, which dances around most of the melodrama until an explosive last act.
March 22, 2013
What hurt, nuanced terror and exhilaration there is in Sally Potter's beautiful coming-of-age drama Ginger & Rosa.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 22, 2013
Like Terence Davies's work, this is less about storytelling than immersing viewers in the minute details of an era -- what one of the film's characters describes as "the poetry of confinement."
March 22, 2013
Fanning, so ethereal yet fragile in "Somewhere" and so instinctive in "Super 8," was actually younger than her character while filming this, but she brings so much combined innocence and authority to the role, it's never noticeable.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
March 22, 2013
In Potter's assured, caring hands, "the personal is political" assumes newfound breadth, depth and surprising emotional poignancy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 21, 2013
Sally Potter's twin interests - in grand world movements and in the grand internal movements in people lives - are effectively brought to bear in "Ginger & Rosa," her best film of the decade.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 21, 2013
Elle's acting feels artless and naive, and all the more powerful for it. Fanning easily convinces you of Ginger's emotional reality - that every moment is the only moment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 21, 2013
You sense that this pale, growing-up-too-fast girl at its center will one day be a poet; finding words to convey what she can't yet say.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 21, 2013
The film's tone is wonderfully maintained by Dakota Fanning's younger sister Elle as Ginger, convincingly playing 17 at the age of 13.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 16, 2013
"Ginger and Rosa" is the filmmaker's most accessible and technically surefooted work to date.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
March 15, 2013
Packs an impressive amount of personal and political history into a wispy 90 minutes of screen time.
March 15, 2013
There's not a bad performance in the bunch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 15, 2013
Don't damn it with faint praise by calling it Potter's most "accessible" film. Simply call it what it is: One of her best, and perhaps her most deeply felt.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 15, 2013
... it's the way that Fanning and Englert animate their characters that makes the movie special.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5
March 14, 2013
Fanning displays a dazzling naturalness on camera, an ability to move persuasively between any number of emotions, from hesitant to sassy to distraught to anything else you can name.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
March 14, 2013
Ms. Potter puts her heroines in a succession of interesting-and handsomely photographed-situations in which they define themselves by talking about what they're up to, rather than by taking urgent action.
March 14, 2013
Ms. Englert is as adept at blurring Rosa's feelings as Ms. Fanning is at clarifying Ginger's. Between them they illuminate an intimate, volatile cosmos.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
March 14, 2013
An intriguingly complex portrait of both of its characters and of the time of flux they live in.
March 14, 2013
This is a movie about a young woman figuring out what her identity should be, set against a time of dramatic change.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
March 13, 2013
Teenagers do horrible things to each other in the name of their ''ideals.'' But adults do too, which is so much worse.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
March 12, 2013
[Potter] here forgoes her earlier unconventional predilections for a simple, direct narrative.
March 12, 2013
It's not quite enough for a film, but it is for one magnificent scene.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 25, 2013
Potter seems at a loss to communicate the ideas behind her agonizingly elliptical picture, leaving auds to marvel at the gorgeous cinematography and scarlet-red hair of its heroine, earnestly played by Elle Fanning in a project undeserving of her talents.
February 25, 2013
Elle Fanning mesmerizes as a burgeoning teen radical in 1962 London.
October 2, 2012
It's let down by some earnest, patience-draining philosophising and poetry-reading.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5