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Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 12
  2. Negative: 9 out of 12
  1. Reviewed by: Susan Wloszczyna
    Feb 21, 2014
    50
    There is one thing about Barefoot that makes it at least a guilty pleasure. Once you ignore how improbable Daisy is — there is something oddly captivating about Wood's performance.
  2. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Feb 17, 2014
    50
    Barefoot is “Rainman” meets “Benny & Joon.”
  3. Reviewed by: Mike D'Angelo
    Feb 20, 2014
    40
    It’s never fully clear whether Daisy is a severely damaged woman with the mental development and social skills of a 10-year-old, or just a wide-eyed, unconventional waif in need of some tender loving care. Barefoot vacillates between the two almost at random, depending upon the needs of its hackneyed screenplay at any given moment.
  4. Reviewed by: Michael Nordine
    Feb 25, 2014
    30
    The gradual revelation that there's more to Daisy than meets the eye is no great surprise, but it does at least negate — too late! — some of the more troubling subtext.
  5. Reviewed by: Barbara VanDenburgh
    Feb 19, 2014
    30
    It’s a spectacularly wrong-headed, chemistry-free romance, and too dumb to know how sexist it is.
  6. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    Feb 18, 2014
    30
    If the film had a loopier or more fable-styled atmosphere, the concept might have seemed easier to swallow. But Fleming treats Stephen Zotnowski’s script with a glossy literalism that doesn’t do it or the actors any favors.
  7. Reviewed by: Sara Stewart
    Feb 20, 2014
    25
    With any luck, this’ll be the death knell of the idiot-savant rom-com.
  8. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Feb 23, 2014
    20
    Over the decades, there’s been no shortage of boneheaded premises for romantic comedies, but the painfully ill-conceived Barefoot takes boneheadedness to regrettable places.
  9. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Feb 20, 2014
    20
    This ill-advised romance from director Andrew Fleming is the sort of indie lark that nearly drowns in its own whimsy. Wade in at your own risk.
  10. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Feb 20, 2014
    20
    The movie acts like screwball comedy, but there are no laughs as Daisy and Jay’s connection lurches toward implausible romance.
  11. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Feb 20, 2014
    20
    It's dispiriting enough that we're still getting movies about the cute side of mental illness, but to turn someone rendered childlike by abusive trauma into desirable girlfriend material — and sporting cast-off stripper attire to boot — is more than a little creepy.
  12. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Feb 20, 2014
    10
    Daisy was written without irony, wit or any grounding in reality. She's a barefooted flower child in a flatfooted fiasco.

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