Generally favorable reviews - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 36
  2. Negative: 0 out of 36
  1. 100
    David Gordon Green's second film, is too subtle and perceptive, and knows too much about human nature, to treat their lack of sexual synchronicity as if it supplies a plot.
  2. It’s a movie made of moments, the antithesis of "plot-driven," but the sum of these moments is magnificent, the culmination of so many elements: acting, scripting, score (by locals Michael Linnen and David Wingo), and cinematography.
  3. It's thrillingly original, lyrical, and wise, and the filmmaker conveys the mutable intensity of young love with the authoritative originality of an important filmmaker.
  4. Remarkable for its genuine, unpretentious lyricism.
  5. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    The best movie of the last 20 years about young people in love is 1989’s.
  6. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    Green shoots his groping lovers in the art-film style -- long takes, static frame -- but his tone isn't at all minimalist; it's achingly, breathtakingly romantic, like the old Hollywood love stories his kids have never seen.
  7. Like his (David Gordon Green's) debut feature of three years ago, the exquisite "George Washington," this new one has my heart, and I think it will have yours.
  8. The movie may take five extra minutes to end and could do with one less sunset but . . . other than that it's damned near perfect.
  9. Reviewed by: Staff (not credited)
    This is a lyrical heartbreaker that skirts most love-story cliches and is brave enough to be as inconclusive as the characters.
  10. The verdict? Green passes with flying colours -- his is a huge and hugely impressive talent.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 29 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. Sep 28, 2010
    All The Real Girls has a horrible script with many instances of awkward dialogue, but that does not keep it from being a great film. What makes this film work is that it feels unbelievably real and it does not follow in the steps of an average romance film. It has a simple plot, but it actually feels like you are watching a true relationship and not the ideal "true love" story seen in a Nicholas Sparks movie. There are some truly emotional moments that just gave me goosebumps as I solely watched two individuals talking. Superb acting and immense emotion make this raw film great and a hidden gem in Independent film. Full Review »
  2. TomK
    Aug 10, 2009
    Unless you like dialog that at times makes no sense at all and are into symbolism and super art house cliche then do not see this movie. It was a chore to get through. Full Review »
  3. WilliamM
    May 13, 2008
    This film is REAL! And Zooey Deschanel is one of the reasons it is real. She is someone who cannot be other than real. Look at some of her interiews on YouTube and you'll see the same, honest, unabashedly genuine young woman. It is refreshing to see an actor who really is who they appear to be--not just a "poser." By "poser" I'm not referring to "character acting"--acting in which the actor's personality is completely abandoned and they assume an entirely different psyche. For me, contrary to the commonly accepted definition, inherent in character acting IS a residual element of the actor's personality, but only if that residual element is a reflection of an, open, honest, REAL personality--one the actor is both comfortable with and confident in. Zooey Deschanel, if you will, is destined to be recognized as one of the rare actors who successfully combines the accepted definitions of personality and character acting. What makes this film really great, however, is all of its elements-- the small town, North Carolina setting, the rest of the acting, the screenplay and the cinematography--being just as unpretentious as Ms. Deschanel is in playing one of the leading roles. Full Review »