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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: 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Dec 6, 2013
    10
    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"
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  2. 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 great performance of Elle. Expand
  3. May 26, 2013
    8
    "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
  4. 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 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
  5. Mar 17, 2013
    7
    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. Expand
  6. Apr 11, 2013
    5
    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
  7. Mar 17, 2013
    2
    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

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