• Studio: A24
  • Release Date: Mar 15, 2013
Metascore
69

Generally favorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. Reviewed by: M. E. Russell
    Feb 27, 2013
    91
    It's quietly brutal stuff, beautifully acted by Fanning, Englert, Christina Hendricks and a word-twisting Alessandro Nivola.
  2. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Feb 25, 2013
    91
    A viscerally charged movie that foregrounds surface tensions and gripping performances, Ginger and Rosa is the filmmaker's most accessible and technically surefooted work to date.
  3. Reviewed by: Melissa Maerz
    Mar 13, 2013
    83
    A touching drama from British art-house filmmaker Sally Potter, who broke through to wider audiences with 1992's "Orlando" and has now made her most mainstream movie yet.
  4. Reviewed by: Rodrigo Perez
    Feb 25, 2013
    83
    Beautiful, yet dark and moving, unsparing, but told with a sympathetic eye, Ginger & Rosa is sometimes relentless in its examination of emotional pain.
  5. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Mar 28, 2013
    80
    Fanning is nearly perfect as Ginger navigates choppier waters than most teens have to. There is not a false note in her performance; no matter how melodramatic things become, everything about Ginger remains genuine.
  6. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Mar 14, 2013
    80
    Ms. Fanning, who is younger than her character, shows a nearly Streepian mixture of poise, intensity and technical precision. It is frightening how good she is and hard to imagine anything she could not do.
  7. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    Feb 25, 2013
    80
    This is a teenage movie that could in other hands have been precious; instead it has delicacy and intelligence.
  8. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Mar 22, 2013
    75
    Suffused with enormous compassion for the young woman at its center, this parable of awakenings shares some DNA with the art house hit “An Education” but has little of that movie’s nods to cozy humor and happy endings.
  9. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Mar 21, 2013
    75
    Sally Potter's twin interests - in grand world movements and in the grand internal movements in people lives - are effectively brought to bear in Ginger & Rosa, her best film of the decade.
  10. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Mar 21, 2013
    75
    In Fanning, Potter has found the perfect vessel, and the miracle is that the actress doesn’t even seem to be trying. She just is.
  11. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Mar 20, 2013
    75
    It's a portrait of a time and place, characters keeping company around a simple kitchen table, and the helplessness adolescents feel when faced with the priorities of those in power. What I'll take away from it is the knowledge that now the Fannings have given us two actresses of such potential.
  12. Reviewed by: Sara Stewart
    Mar 14, 2013
    75
    There’s not a bad performance in the bunch. Hendricks’ and Fanning’s Brit accents are nicely un-showy.
  13. Reviewed by: Bob Mondello
    Mar 14, 2013
    75
    An intriguingly complex portrait of both of its characters and of the time of flux they live in.
  14. Feb 25, 2013
    75
    With Ginger & Rosa, Sally Potter manages to avoid nearly every pratfall of such period pieces, focusing on extreme alienation rather than enlightenment, and wringing a powerful and jaundiced coming-of-age story from the decade's less trod corners.
  15. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Mar 14, 2013
    70
    It's an adult look at the teenage years, an examination of how personal emotions inform political action, a noteworthy change of pace for writer-director Sally Potter and, most of all, the showcase for a performance by Elle Fanning as Ginger that is little short of phenomenal.
  16. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Mar 14, 2013
    70
    Ms. Englert's performance isn't as interesting as it might have been if the writing hadn't favored Ginger. But Ms. Fanning, a young actress of seemingly unerring instincts, is a wonder.
  17. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Feb 25, 2013
    70
    The film’s small scale is more than compensated for by its insights into adolescent awareness, the passions stoked by global causes and the moral hypocrisy of the ideologically righteous.
  18. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Mar 13, 2013
    67
    The movie can be affecting at times, and might’ve been even more so if Potter hadn’t made its theme so explicit, via heavy “this is the point” speeches delivered during what’s otherwise a powerful climax.
  19. 63
    Potter’s film is at is most artful in the painterly ways she composes the wordless scenes of the girls testing cigarettes, hitchhiking with the wrong boys and Rosa exploring heavy petting with another boy, showing off for Ginger.
  20. Reviewed by: Melissa Anderson
    Mar 12, 2013
    60
    In its closing minutes Potter restores the calmer observational tone and mood that distinguish much of Ginger & Rosa, providing a lovely summation of its main character's age-appropriate contradictions.
  21. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Mar 12, 2013
    60
    The most heart-wrenching thing about the film is watching Fanning’s transformation from idealist to wreck, the father’s free-thinking daughter turned into the mother’s double in the space of a dinner argument. It’s not quite enough for a film, but it is for one magnificent scene.
  22. Reviewed by: Emma Dibdin
    Mar 8, 2013
    60
    Spearheaded by a strikingly self-assured turn from Elle Fanning, this ’60s-set coming-of-ager follows two teenage girls whose bond starts to crumble under the emotional and political pressures of adulthood.
  23. Reviewed by: Mary Pols
    Mar 18, 2013
    50
    Ginger & Rosa never matches the freshness of its young star.
  24. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Apr 19, 2013
    40
    There's not much meat to the story. So while the picture on the menu suggests filet mignon, we really get mostly fish-and-chips stuff.
  25. Reviewed by: Anna Smith
    Feb 25, 2013
    40
    Despite some strong moments, Ginger and Rosa fails to really convince.
  26. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Feb 25, 2013
    40
    Potter seems at a loss to communicate the ideas behind her agonizingly elliptical picture, leaving auds to marvel at the gorgeous cinematography and scarlet-red hair of its heroine, earnestly played by Elle Fanning in a project undeserving of her talents.
User Score
7.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Dec 19, 2013
    8
    This film could have easily been overly sentimental or melodramatic, but it is neither. It is unflinching in its ability to show the realnessThis film could have easily been overly sentimental or melodramatic, but it is neither. It is unflinching in its ability to show the realness of hurt which is experienced by each character in the film, to one degree or another. The cast list is stuffed with great actors, but Elle Fanning (Super 8, Somewhere) stands out and continues to show herself to be very talented (more so than her older sister even). Full Review »
  2. Dec 6, 2013
    10
    Romanticizing youth a bit much.
    Peerless portrayal of adolescent.
    Enchanting cinematography matched by the most beautiful work by Elle
    Romanticizing youth a bit much.
    Peerless portrayal of adolescent.
    Enchanting cinematography matched by the most beautiful work by Elle Fanning (Oh!.. I am so a fan) and Alice Englert.
    and in one word, lets just say it "beguiling"
    Full Review »
  3. Nov 13, 2013
    8
    It's a simple movie, that really passed truth, Ginger is a powerful character, who makes more life every minute, thanks to the greatIt's a simple movie, that really passed truth, Ginger is a powerful character, who makes more life every minute, thanks to the great performance of Elle. Full Review »