Metascore
38

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 33
  2. Negative: 12 out of 33
  1. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Jul 25, 2013
    50
    A strange movie, in that it has the atmosphere of a comedy and some extreme characters set up to be comical, but there are really no funny scenes.
  2. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Jul 19, 2013
    50
    The whole enterprise comes across like a first draft.
  3. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Jul 19, 2013
    38
    One doesn’t really want to beat up on Girl Most Likely, because it means well and everyone in it appears to be having a good time. But so many things are wrong with the film, from a script that’s bright but never sharp to the editing that leaves scenes hanging flaccidly in the breeze.
  4. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Jul 18, 2013
    38
    A failure from start to finish.
  5. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Jul 18, 2013
    50
    It works here and there. And then it doesn't.
  6. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Jul 18, 2013
    40
    A forced, laugh-challenged comedy with an appealing if not terribly well-used cast.
  7. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Jul 17, 2013
    30
    Wiig’s new comedy sulks limply along with her, unable to bring the kind of energy that might complement her tendency to underplay every scene.
  8. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Jul 18, 2013
    50
    Girl Most Likely goes a little bit wrong in nearly every scene, its stridently quirky characters never quite making sense together in the same universe, let alone the same movie.
  9. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Jul 18, 2013
    50
    A picaresque romance of self-discovery that delivers a near-constant flow of small delights until veering too far into screwball preposterousness.
  10. 50
    Occasionally, the cast rises above the material.
  11. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Jul 18, 2013
    20
    Bening and Dillon are equally misused, and the rest of the cast is frankly just annoying. Like Imogene’s early promise, Girl Most Likely is likely to be forgotten quickly. The sooner the better.
  12. 50
    Whatever their other gifts, they cannot find the fizz here and can never get Wiig to commit to the sort of film that she, even when she was making it, must have realized was beneath her in her post-”Bridesmaids” glory.
  13. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Jul 18, 2013
    70
    For all the well-traveled roads in Girl Most Likely, Berman and Pulcini bring a sweetness to the material that suits Wiig’s offbeat talents. We know we’re being played, but really, if we’re enjoying it, why complain?
  14. Reviewed by: Ella Taylor
    Jul 19, 2013
    65
    A likable but warmed-over comedy.
  15. Reviewed by: Kimberley Jones
    Jul 17, 2013
    40
    Tiny and well-intentioned but dramatically inert and sham-kooky, Girl Most Likely is for Kristen Wiig completists only, and even they may squirm at spending a whole movie waiting for her character to pull her head out of her ass.
  16. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    Jul 18, 2013
    50
    Bening and Dillon both play roles they could act in their sleep, though it's still moderately fun to watch them do so.
  17. Reviewed by: Connie Ogle
    Jul 18, 2013
    50
    The movie does miraculously end up making good use of a couple of running jokes, and the cast soldiers on, though the laughs are meager. But mostly, Girl Most Likely is a case of good actors in serious need of worthwhile material.
  18. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Jul 19, 2013
    67
    Whether Girl Most Likely intentionally satirizes its upending of conventions or suffers from a half-assed screenplay, the resulting hodgepodge at least livens up a clichéd premise.
  19. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Jul 17, 2013
    25
    If the first 90 minutes of Girl Most Likely grate and disappoint, wait until the final 10 or so, when directors Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini try covering their maniacally depressive tracks like cats in a litter box.
  20. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Jul 17, 2013
    20
    Girl Most Likely strands Kristen Wiig in a dreadful, disingenuous city-vs.-suburbs comedy that mercilessly mocks New Jersey before turning around and celebrating its provincial trashiness over the hoity-toity snootiness of Manhattan.
  21. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Jul 23, 2013
    38
    The insurmountable problem is that Imogene is not a very original, dynamic or charismatic character, and Kristen Wiig is not a very original, dynamic or charismatic actress. Nobody in this movie is really appealing enough to be much fun. The state of New Jersey should sue.
  22. Reviewed by: Richard Roeper
    Jul 19, 2013
    38
    A forgettable movie with a forgettable title about forgettable characters I’d just as soon as forget.
  23. Reviewed by: A.A. Dowd
    Jul 17, 2013
    42
    The blame belongs most plainly with Michelle Morgan’s script, which requires this gifted comedian to play straight woman to a supporting carnival of Indiewood types.
  24. Reviewed by: Sara Stewart
    Jul 18, 2013
    25
    I only laughed once, and it was when Whit Stillman made a cameo to be snubbed by the newly self-actualized Imogene. But it was mostly in disbelief; pretentious or not, Stillman represents a caliber of smart writing that’s wholly absent from Girl Most Likely.
  25. Reviewed by: Jordan Hoffman
    Jul 14, 2013
    35
    Hollow, uninteresting and false.
  26. Reviewed by: Simon Abrams
    Jul 16, 2013
    50
    Wiig really shines in the film, proving that her finely honed comic timing can make a character work even when the film ultimately doesn't.
  27. Reviewed by: Olly Richards
    Sep 23, 2013
    40
    A thin soup of weak jokes and contrived drama.
  28. Reviewed by: Neil Smith
    Jul 19, 2013
    40
    Can’t decide if it’s a broad farce or a poignant portrait. Small wonder then, that it falls short on both counts, failing to earn either Bridesmaids-sized laughs or nods of recognition.
  29. Reviewed by: Mike McCahill
    Sep 26, 2013
    40
    Odd zingers and residual eccentricities (a Whit Stillman cameo, anyone?) stand as traces of the blast it might have been, but this cast surely signed on in anticipation of many more laughs than there are in the final cut.
  30. Reviewed by: Glenn Whipp
    Jul 18, 2013
    40
    A tonal jumble, veering between forced farce and tired, rom-com beats, with little feeling real or true.
  31. Reviewed by: Christy Lemire
    Jul 19, 2013
    38
    The desperate straining for laughs isn't nearly so off-putting as the abrupt tonal shift Girl Most Likely makes as it trudges toward its conclusion.
  32. Reviewed by: Sam Adams
    Jul 16, 2013
    40
    The keenest irony is that Imogene’s fake suicide note is the most convincing thing she’s ever written — which makes perverse sense since Girl Most Likely is DOA.
  33. Reviewed by: Calum Marsh
    Jul 13, 2013
    0
    Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini's dismal, D-grade sitcom isn't fit to lick the boots of Whit Stillman's four films.
User Score
6.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Mar 24, 2014
    8
    I don't understand why this movie received such mixed reviews. I thought it was very entertaining, and the performances are all excellent.I don't understand why this movie received such mixed reviews. I thought it was very entertaining, and the performances are all excellent. Maybe some folks don't get Kristen Wiig's type of humor, but I think she is very funny. She does a lot with just a look. Annette Being is particularly good in this movie. If you like Kristen Wiig, give it a shot. Full Review »
  2. Jul 21, 2013
    7
    You might have high expectations for this film, since Kristen Wiig is the star. But if you think of her as just another actor, you'll end upYou might have high expectations for this film, since Kristen Wiig is the star. But if you think of her as just another actor, you'll end up being pleasantly entertained. She underplays her usual oddball as a New Yorker struggling with her career, boyfriend and life in general. After an unfortunate incident she ends up back at home in NJ with her mother (Annette Bening is a delightful turn). The film tries too hard to be one of those quirky character charmers, but it sometimes succeeds, although predictably. It's not hilarious, but sweetly amusing. Full Review »
  3. Nov 13, 2014
    6
    "Girl Most Likely" 10 Scale Rating: 6.0 (Decent) ...

    The Good: Just quirky enough to be entertaining. Kristen Wiig is hit and miss for me,
    "Girl Most Likely" 10 Scale Rating: 6.0 (Decent) ...

    The Good: Just quirky enough to be entertaining. Kristen Wiig is hit and miss for me, but she was very good in this ... once you get past the first 15 minutes or so. A solid story that was far more entertaining than expected for the first three quarters of the film.

    The Bad: It falls apart in the end. I thought the film was pretty good right up until then but the final act is just too silly for words and doesn't fit in with the rest of the film. She rebounds nicely, but Wiig is downright unlikeable early on.
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