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The Good Girl Reviews

March 31, 2009
A warmly satisfying comedy about dissatisfied people seeking to escape from the personal prison of their mundane lives in soulless suburbia.
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.
November 6, 2002
Once fans recover from the shock, they'll discover that this sitcom actress has the chops to tackle some pretty heavy stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 22, 2002
It's soulful and unslick, and that's apparently just what [Aniston] has always needed to grow into a movie career.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
August 21, 2002
An absorbing, slice-of-depression life that touches nerves and rings true.
August 21, 2002
White hasn't developed characters so much as caricatures, one-dimensional buffoons that get him a few laughs but nothing else.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 21, 2002
It's a more believable scenario for infidelity than most such movies, and Aniston gives her all to the role.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 20, 2002
An effective portrait of a life in stasis -- of the power of inertia to arrest development in a dead-end existence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 16, 2002
Aniston inhabits this role.
August 16, 2002
It's tough, astringent, darkly funny and... well, it's also generic, untidy, condescending and mild of impact rather than stunning.
August 16, 2002
A fine cast can't quite rise above a story without enough heart.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
August 16, 2002
A smart, arch and rather cold-blooded comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 16, 2002
What a fresh and interesting take on the drama that lurks beneath the numbing fašade of empty small-town American life.
August 16, 2002
Aniston maintains the character's superficially simple patina even as she communicates her churning inner life. It's an appealing, highly disciplined performance.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 16, 2002
Aniston rises to the level of the material, creating a character of remarkable breadth and depth.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
August 16, 2002
Read More | Original Score: B
August 16, 2002
Aniston has at last decisively broken with her Friends image in an independent film of satiric fire and emotional turmoil.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
August 15, 2002
Long after you leave Justine, you'll be wondering what will happen to her and wishing her the best -- whatever that might mean.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 15, 2002
Aniston's performance conclusively proves something she had only hinted at before: She's the Friend most likely to become a bona fide movie star.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 15, 2002
A small, smart indie pic with a twisted sensibility.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 15, 2002
Think of a small-town cliche or a patronizing stereotype, and you'll find it here.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
August 15, 2002
The movie is a dark comedy about false dreams and lost illusions -- and, thanks to a fine cast and a smart script, it's an effective one.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: C-
August 8, 2002
Working with emotionally dangerous material, Mr. Arteta sails through without undue malice, reminding me of the late, great Rainer Werner Fassbinder.
August 8, 2002
[It's] gratifying to see [Aniston] play a woman who's had it up to here with making nice, and making do.
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
August 7, 2002
The characters may be lost, but viewers will be grateful to have stumbled on this darkly comic and well-told story.
August 7, 2002
You wouldn't call The Good Girl a date movie (an anti-date movie is more like it), but when it's good, it's good and horrid.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 7, 2002
The Friends star announces herself as a true big-screen talent, channeling despair, hope, confusion and wry humor as the narrative oscillates wildly between Greek tragedy and acrid comedy.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 7, 2002
Feels like a composite of several other slightly more assured indies of recent years.
August 6, 2002
A neurotically charged post-millennial take on the trailer-park comedies that Jonathan Demme once claimed for himself.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
August 6, 2002
One of the year's best films.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
August 6, 2002
A droll, well-acted, character-driven comedy with unexpected deposits of feeling.
August 5, 2002
[E]ach of the characters, really interesting. And Jennifer Aniston, a wonderful performance.
July 25, 2002
A creepy, funny, steamy, oddly touching movie.