How to Build a Girl

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Led by Beanie Feldstein's charming performance, How to Build a Girl puts a disarmingly earnest spin on the familiar coming-of-age comedy formula.

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A smart and ambitious teen reinvents herself as a music critic.

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  • Johanna may be wise, but the film never puts her on a pedestal.

    July 27, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Feldstein is charming, but if the most impressive thing about Moran has always been her grasp of branding and sheer professional momentum, it gets lost in translation into the cartoonish Johanna.

    July 23, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Giedroyc has a real sense for the oversized emotions of adolescence - to the point that she often channels it literally into a sort of kooky magical realism.

    May 21, 2020 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • The movie doesn't sympathize with anyone, really. Nick Lowe famously sang that you have to be cruel to be kind. "How to Build" is mostly just cruel.

    May 19, 2020 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • There's some valuable wisdom in there... But these grounded morals are smuggled into a storyline that's so completely divorced from reality that the end result is more confusing than inspiring.

    May 14, 2020 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

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  • Beanie Feldstein's charming performance forms the solid base of "How to Build a Girl," a coming-of-age comedy that follows familiar beats but has a winning disposition.

    May 12, 2020 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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