• Studio: A24
  • Release Date: Mar 15, 2013
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 14
  2. Negative: 2 out of 14

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  1. Mar 17, 2013
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. It's difficult for me to say this because I'm such a fan of most all of the actors in this film, but I found it laughably bad, boring, and riddled with cliches. Yes, let's drop into the 60's and focus on a middle-aged free-thinking father who is compelled by his personal progressive ethic to sleep with his under-aged daughter's life long best friend on a boat within arm's reach of his daughter so she can fully drink in the sounds of her pal's moaning. Ugh. As the Angry Samoans would say, "Poke Poke Poke Your Eye's Out!." Fanning and Hendricks doing the English accents didn't go down well at all. And sitting in the theater watching Fanning's character pitifully cry while her idiot father rationalizes his behavior is a bit of torture. Not sure why so many critics resonated with this film. Expand
  2. Apr 11, 2013
    The titular teens live in 1962 England and do what girls do: try on clothes, try smoking, try kissing. Their inseparable friendship is inevitably tested when one falls in love and the other gets obsessed with the atomic threat. Everything happens with a laconic pace and dry demeanor (music is minimal). The cast is full of strong actors, but it's Elle Fanning as Ginger who is exquisitely beautiful and compelling in every frame. Other than that, the dull pacing and minor drama is hard to handle. Expand
  3. Mar 17, 2013
    Elle Fanning's outstanding performance is what makes you watch the movie. Otherwise, the script is a little dull, and Christina Hendricks has the worst british accent you have ever seen.
  4. Nov 13, 2013
    It'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.
  5. May 26, 2013
    "Ginger & Rosa" is a beautifully constructed period film, with wonderful acting from the leading girls (Fanning & Englert). It completely surpassed my expectations. However set in very specific thematic conditions (1960's, liberal values vs. tradition, nuclear crisis), this definitely is a character driven film. The plot is kept tight and simple as the characters further develop into their worlds, and perhaps this could prove to be the weakest point for some viewers. For me, its subtle but mature performances and sensitive approach to the girls' coming of age was completely worth watching. The Brit accents by the cast were done fine. ---Solid script and directing as well. Expand
  6. Dec 6, 2013
    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"
  7. Dec 19, 2013
    This 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). Expand

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: Mike Scott
    Apr 19, 2013
    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.
  2. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Mar 28, 2013
    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.
  3. 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.