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Very Good Girls (2014)

Very Good Girls (2014)

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Critic 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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Best friends Lily (Dakota Fanning) and Gerry (Elizabeth Olsen), home for one last New York summer, make a pact to lose their virginity before leaving for college. But when they both fall for the same handsome artist (Boyd Holbrook) and Lily starts seeing him in secret, a lifelong friendship is tested. With Demi Moore, Richard Dreyfuss, Ellen Barkin, Peter Sarsgaard, and Clark Gregg, and featuring new music by Rilo Kiley's Jenny Lewis. (c) Tribeca

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Cast

Dakota Fanning
as Lilly Berger
Elizabeth Olsen
as Gerri Field
Boyd Holbrook
as David Avery
Demi Moore
as Kate Field
Richard Dreyfuss
as Danny Field
Ellen Barkin
as Norma Berger
Clark Gregg
as Edward Berger
Kiernan Shipka
as Eleanor Berger
Peter Sarsgaard
as Joe Fitzsimmons
Sterling Jones
as Beach Boy
Lenny Platt
as Beach Boy
James Jenner
as Field Family Friend
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Critic Reviews for Very Good Girls

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (10)

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

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 Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

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.

Dann Michalski
Dann Michalski

Super Reviewer

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 Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

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