Very Good Girls 2014

Very Good Girls

Critics Consensus

Resting on a love triangle played out by poorly drawn characters, Very Good Girls succeeds mainly in making viewers want a better project for Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen.

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Two teenagers (Elizabeth Olsen, Dakota Fanning) make a pact to lose their virginity before college, but they both fall for the same artist, which threatens their lifelong friendship.

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Critic Reviews for Very Good Girls

All Critics (36) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (7) | Rotten (29)

  • Will any film this year feature a moment more pretentious than David asking Lily to read a few lines of Sylvia Plath's poetry before their first kiss? That guy deserves a smack to the kisser all right.

    July 25, 2014 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Very Good Girls has a breezy yet bittersweet, vaguely nostalgic vibe.

    July 25, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Despite a finely wrought lead performance by Dakota Fanning, the drama feels more like the stuff of a mild - and dated - YA novel than an involving exploration of female experience.

    July 24, 2014 | Full Review…
  • One insurmountable problem is that the stars, especially Ms. Olsen, 25, are too old for their roles. Another is that the movie has more characters than it can begin to accommodate in 91 minutes.

    July 24, 2014 | Full Review…
  • Disappointingly, Foner's young heroines are defined primarily by their reactions to other people. It's a great credit to Olsen and, especially, Fanning that they manage to make these characters vibrant and sympathetic anyway.

    July 24, 2014 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • A drama that feels like an old person's idea of what young people are like.

    July 23, 2014 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Very Good Girls

  • Dec 12, 2014
    Very small movie, but I liked it a lot. It doesn't drag at all and Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen are convincing as best friends. I'm surprised by the low ratings, but at the same time, I can see how it's not a story that would interest everyone. It's pretty much a coming of age story about two young girls and some of the bad choices a young girl can make.
    Nicki M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 06, 2014
    Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen star in the coming of age drama Very Good Girls. During their last summer together before they go away to college two best friends, Lilly and Gerry, end up falling for the same guy, testing their relationship. Olsen gives a standout performance and steals every scene she's in; the rest of the cast however, are pretty bland and lifeless. And, the plot is pretty aimless and does a poor job at developing the relationships. Meandering about without a clear vision, Very Good Girls is a halfhearted and formulaic film.
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  • Jul 05, 2014
    This is as mediocre as coming-of-age stories can possibly get. Elizabeth Olson and Dakota Fanning play their characters fairly well and I did buy them as best friends, but it seems to be written by somebody who knows some things about teenage girls, but also seems to be guessing about the rest. I will say that The cast gave it their all, but the film is so predictably written, with an obviously cliched conclusion, "Very Good Girls" is a big flop. I was really looking forward to seeing this film, because it is nice to see an indie film come of actors who have been in the public spotlight for so long. Based solely around sex and jokes, there is not much of an impact when the climax f the film hits, and I felt empty-handed when the credits rolled. Overall, if you like the cast you may find some enjoyment, but it is a pretty lackluster story. Nice try for this first time director though.
    KJ P Super Reviewer

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