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Brooke Holgerson
Boston Phoenix
August 17, 2002
The uniformly terrific, but that can't save The Good Girl from sinking into a funk.
Victoria Alexander
August 16, 2002
All the characters are clinically depressed and have abandoned their slim hopes and dreams.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
August 16, 2002
It's tough, astringent, darkly funny and... well, it's also generic, untidy, condescending and mild of impact rather than stunning.
Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald
May 2, 2003
Maybe Aniston should stop trying to be serious and stick with being funny, which is something she can certainly do.
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye
August 11, 2002
Ultimately, [Aniston's] Justine Last ends up as the poster girl for unnecessary self-pity and relentless self-doubt. Unfortunately, this makes her a needlessly naive bad girl in a preachy and unresolved film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Derek Adams
Time Out
February 9, 2006
I wish I could say I liked it more, but despite a smattering of priceless moments, The Good Girl gets bogged down in the very narrowness that afflicts Justine.
Rob Blackwelder
August 13, 2002
The Good Girl is a film in which the talent is undeniable but the results are underwhelming.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
December 27, 2002
...too depressing, too lacking in bite, and too slow (for) an outright recommendation.
| Original Score: 6/10
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
August 8, 2002
The Good Girl only pretends to care about good people who sometimes do bad things. In fact, it hasn't got time for the pain.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
August 15, 2002
The filmmakers are playing to the Big Boys in New York and L.A. To that end, they mock the kind of folks they don't understand, ones they figure the power-lunchers don't care to understand, either.
| Original Score: C-
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
August 15, 2002
Think of a small-town cliche or a patronizing stereotype, and you'll find it here.
| Original Score: 2/4
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
August 26, 2002
Here is a modest little film that is about something.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
August 15, 2002
It does feel lazy, like a collection of plot points and performances that can't quite be bothered to form a whole.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
August 25, 2002
I liked individual moments in The Good Girl, but it takes an illogical approach to its storyline.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 21, 2002
Starts off well, but gets derailed just when it could be going somewhere.
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
August 23, 2002
A mopey, dull, American Beautyish suburbia-is-hell story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Ben Kenigsberg
East Hampton Independent
September 24, 2002
The Good Girl never achieves a Fargo-like balance: it can't decide whether its characters should be treated with dignity or with derision.
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Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
August 30, 2002
The actors are offering first-rate work to a second-class script.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies
January 26, 2003
Wraps itself in the guise of a dark and quirky comedy, but it isn't as quirky as it thinks it is and its comedy is generally mean-spirited.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Blake French
August 8, 2002
The Good Girl remains so shockingly drained of verve that it actually renders the audience into a numb stupor.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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