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The Pretty One Reviews

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Carlos Aguilar
Movie Mezzanine
February 21, 2014
Outright ridiculous and utterly farfetched.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Anna Storm
Film Journal International
February 6, 2014
Predictable plotting weighs down an intriguing premise.
Matt Donato
We Got This Covered
February 4, 2014
The wonderful chemistry between Zoe Kazan and Jake Johnson in The Pretty One becomes lost amidst a story that struggles to balance driving emotions and charming comedy, falling into a confused and awkward classification.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
February 20, 2014
It would take a lot of charm for "The Pretty One" to overcome that creepy premise, but the movie doesn't have it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Robert Levin
February 23, 2014
The film has plenty of charm, but not enough to overcome a heaping dose of clichéd whimsy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Edward Douglas
February 4, 2014
Plenty of moviegoers out there enjoy these sorts of films--usually at festivals--but I honestly have no idea what anyone else might get out of watching this.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Sara Stewart
New York Post
February 6, 2014
Like the film itself, Kazan is at her best when she's not trying so hard to be cute.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
February 12, 2014
Far too blithe and cheery, yet nowhere near madcap and comic enough, for its potentially powerful switched-twins conceit...
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
February 14, 2014
An unconvincing and unappealing comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
February 6, 2014
You are urged to laugh and cry, but the best you are likely to manage is a polite, embarrassed smile.
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
February 20, 2014
What would "The Pretty One" be without Zoe Kazan's pixieish melancholy and offbeat comic timing? Not much.
Mike D'Angelo
The Dissolve
February 7, 2014
The Pretty One is too lightweight to justify such a disturbing act of reinvention.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
February 4, 2014
You ... wish Kazan had more to work with.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
February 20, 2014
"The Pretty One" is a movie with a few touching moments and others that prompt eye rolls.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
February 5, 2014
The good twin/bad twin conceit in 2014 doesn't have a shred of the original surprise, and Zoe Kazan doesn't have the chops to carry it off anyway.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Marc Mohan
February 11, 2014
"The Pretty One" suffers from excessive, unfocused quirk and a predictable sitcom resolution.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Michael Sragow
Orange County Register
February 20, 2014
The whole movie has a damp, logy texture. It could have used a rewrite or a re-edit just to dry it out.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Travis Hopson
February 22, 2014
Like its lead character, The Pretty One is a little unstable even as its charms are irresistible.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Austin Trunick
Under the Radar
August 18, 2014
[The script] takes a concept that sounds ludicrous on paper and handles it in an unexpectedly sincere, clever manner.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Rodrigo Perez
The Playlist
April 24, 2013
Writer/director LaMarque...has a confident voice and she's a lovely new discovery...She pulls some amazing performances out of these actors and has a real sense for mood, tone and style...
Full Review | Original Score: B
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