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Led by strong performances from Aubrey Plaza and Elizabeth Olsen, Ingrid Goes West delivers smart, topical humor underlined by timely social observations. Read critic reviews

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Following the death of her mother and a series of self-inflicted setbacks, young Ingrid Thorburn escapes a humdrum existence by moving out West to befriend her Instagram obsession, a Los Angeles socialite named Taylor Sloane. After a quick bond is forged between these unlikeliest of buddies, the facade begins to crack in both women's lives -- with comically malicious results.

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All Critics (195) | Top Critics (58) | Fresh (167) | Rotten (28)

  • Earnest character work by Plaza, Olson, and O'Shea Jackson Jr., stylistically relevant visuals, and emphatic themes surpasses the script's numerous pitfalls.

    March 1, 2021 | Full Review…
  • Relevant, timely, and uncomfortably close to home, Ingrid Goes West delivers a quirky, fun, brutally awkward, legitimately unsettling cautionary tale about influencer culture and social media obsession.

    July 1, 2020 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • The people examined by the film are as paper thin as the pixels that make the images on their phones, and have as much depth as an evaporated gully.

    August 27, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • This comedy needed to be made. It has its flaws, but it's better than we had a right to expect.

    November 29, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The picture's greatest asset is its star and producer, Aubrey Plaza, who has a name like a suburban shopping mall and a face like sarcasm personified.

    November 20, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Ingrid Goes West indulges our worst impulses in the grand quest to gain more likes, followers and attention.

    November 20, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Ingrid Goes West

  • Sep 18, 2018
    Of course Plaza is the perfect fit for an obsessive fan / stalker Ingrid. The beginning is particularly funny, mocking the instagram craze and its participants on both sides, but never entirely giving up on its deeply flawed characters. While things get a little more dramatic later on, the humor does turn darker but it's abandoned altogether. The solution works, too. LA, Venice and Joshua Tree look amazing and the actors all fill their roles with life. Well done.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • Apr 21, 2018
    Really enjoyed this one. Definitely be watching it again. So relevant to all the falseness online and I really enjoyed Ingrid’s stalker tendencies!
    Nicki M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 02, 2018
    (2 1/2 Stars) Ingrid Goes West came out last year amidst a renassaince for Aubrey Plaza after Parks and Recreation. The role is specifically tailored to her weirdness, but Matt Spicer delivers a movie that goes beyond that initial impression of Plaza and the characters she's played in the past. Instead of a weird comedy about a quirky girl, it dips into disturbing territory when the laughs stop flowing and the uneasiness begins to rise over the two hours. I thought Plaza and Elizabeth Olsen both act their hearts out in rolls specifically tailored to the way they may come off to people in real life. Plaza is the weird creep and Olsen is the beautiful blonde Californian. There were a couple of side roles for the males here, but none of them hold a candle to the acting chops of the two women who are clearly on a war path to butt heads further into the plot. Spicer's first major time behind the camera is shot fairly well with a pretty tight cap on locations of Joshua Tree and some part of LA, but he lacks in supplying a film that's enjoyable to watch all the way through.
    Lane Z Super Reviewer
  • Dec 13, 2017
    Often savage, and Aubrey Plaza's performance is fearless. I do wish the satire was a bit more focused.
    Alec B Super Reviewer

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