Metascore
61

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Sep 20, 2012
    90
    Wavering between light comedy and drama with wonderfully natural performances, 17 Girls doesn't judge anyone's behavior.
  2. Reviewed by: Ella Taylor
    Sep 20, 2012
    75
    17 Girls has a powerful and loving sense of place.
  3. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Sep 19, 2012
    67
    The insights into girlhood in the opening are coming from the viewpoint of adults, while in a story this strange-but-true, it'd be more helpful to see these kids as they see themselves.
  4. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Sep 20, 2012
    60
    17 Girls doesn't try to explain its many mysteries. That would have made for a better film, but this one does a nice job showing its effects.
  5. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Sep 18, 2012
    60
    Underwater shots of spherical midsections floating past the camera prove that they understand the beauty of bodies in motion, even if their storytelling feels a little stillborn.
  6. Reviewed by: Boyd van Hoeij
    Sep 18, 2012
    60
    Impressively, the rookie scribe-helmers' sense of equilibrium is unerring and also surprisingly subtle.
  7. Reviewed by: Gabe Toro
    Sep 22, 2012
    58
    17 Girls is mostly fueled by grrl-power, from it's nineties-era femme-centric alt-rock, to it's marginalization of boys as sperm-deposit devices, unfair but a natural corrective to years of women onscreen as purely sexual objects.
  8. Reviewed by: Connie Ogle
    Sep 28, 2012
    50
    17 Girls is allegedly inspired by true events, but this diffident, dreamy film is so insubstantial it's hard to believe there's a speck of reality to be found in it.
  9. Reviewed by: Thembi Ford
    Sep 19, 2012
    50
    So what does 17 Girls, the debut feature film from sisters Delphine and Muriel Coulin, add to the "pregnancy pact" canon? A lot of style, but not much substance.
  10. Reviewed by:  Kenji Fujishima
    Sep 18, 2012
    50
    At which point does a superficially "nonjudgmental" approach simply seem coy rather than sincerely evenhanded?
  11. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    Sep 21, 2012
    25
    The setting for "17 Girls" is a French seaside town with a gorgeous beach. Aside from that, what you have here are the ingredi-ents for a Maury Povich show.

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