The Good Girl Reviews

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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.
May 2, 2003
Maybe Aniston should stop trying to be serious and stick with being funny, which is something she can certainly do.
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.
December 27, 2002
...too depressing, too lacking in bite, and too slow (for) an outright recommendation.
December 2, 2002
First good, then bothersome. Excellent acting and direction.
October 21, 2002
Starts off well, but gets derailed just when it could be going somewhere.
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.
August 30, 2002
The actors are offering first-rate work to a second-class script.
August 26, 2002
Here is a modest little film that is about something.
August 25, 2002
I liked individual moments in The Good Girl, but it takes an illogical approach to its storyline.
August 23, 2002
A mopey, dull, American Beautyish suburbia-is-hell story.
August 22, 2002
An unconvincing generalization about people the filmmakers never care enough about to understand.
August 21, 2002
White hasn't developed characters so much as caricatures, one-dimensional buffoons that get him a few laughs but nothing else.
August 17, 2002
The cast...is uniformly terrific, but that can't save The Good Girl from sinking into a funk.
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
This film has plenty of bad attitude for sale, but the black humor only delivers sporadically on the laughs.
August 16, 2002
A fine cast can't quite rise above a story without enough heart.
August 16, 2002
Justine's smartness reeks of self-loathing and moral vacancy. Is feminism this comatose in Texas?
August 16, 2002
All the characters are clinically depressed and have abandoned their slim hopes and dreams.
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.
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