Metascore
53

Mixed or average reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 21
  2. Negative: 3 out of 21
  1. 88
    This is a movie for those who sometimes, in the stillness of the sleepless night, are so filled with hope and longing that they feel like -- well, like uttering wild goat cries to the moon. You know who you are.
  2. 80
    Never takes off, and much of the time Pool seems lost herself, resorting to clichés, redundancy, and dead-end allegory.
  3. 75
    Boldly goes where Hollywood rarely treads: into the passionate, intense and complex world of girls at the point in their lives when self-discovery is tempered by enormous vulnerability.
  4. 75
    Lost and Delirious doesn't need metaphors for the power of strength and healing. All the passion and pain it needs glows ferociously in the eyes of its young women.
  5. Pool captures the crazed urgency of first love -- the feeling of a passion so fierce that even a disapproving society can't crush it.
  6. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    75
    Boldly goes where Hollywood rarely treads: into the passionate, intense, and complex world of girls at the point in their lives when self-discovery is combined with enormous vulnerability.
  7. Nicely written as well as filmed.
  8. Evokes the intimacies of teenage girls with unusual delicacy, and Perabo's performance is a geyser of emotion.
  9. Sophisticated in that European way and predictable in that Hollywood way.
  10. Perfectly cast, if insufficiently dramatized.
  11. 60
    Piper Perabo is a revelation -- and Barton is maturing into a sensitive, subtle performer with a marvelously expressive face.
  12. 60
    Blessed with a lovely score and strong acting, but crippled by an awkward, mawkish script.
  13. 50
    Perabo gives a fairly impressive and flashy performance, even when the script descends into melodrama.
  14. Will divide audiences between those whose hearts have been tugged into going along with the picture way past common sense and those who find it impossible to accept the film's credibility-defying developments.
  15. The movie is beautiful to look at (lensed by Pierre Gill) as are the girls, but it takes its clunky message so seriously that it often verges on silliness.
  16. It has a frenetic, unsettled edginess that chafes against its serene, woodsy, upscale private school setting.
  17. 40
    A startling letdown after (Léa Pool's) plaintive, understated coming-of-age tale "Set Me Free."
  18. 40
    It works in so many ways except for the script, which sounds laughable. And sadly, when Lost and Delirious trips over its own two feet, it is laughable. It needs to follow Paulie's advice and rage more.
  19. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    30
    All the dramatic stops are pulled out as the script goes into serious literary overload.
  20. Equally earnest and unconvincing.
  21. Isn't much more than a self-indulgent picture about the feeble delirium of a lovesick girl -- lightweight stuff that labors to seem terribly important.
User Score
9.0

Universal acclaim- based on 182 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 2 out of 117
  1. Dec 19, 2014
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. its a great story that brings zest into life, however i was a little disappointed with the ending, its realistic but i wanted a surreal Cinderella ending, but that's just me. Full Review »
  2. May 17, 2014
    10
    If you are a stone-hearted person like me, then this is exactly the movie you should watch. Even as a straight male, I found the movie quiteIf you are a stone-hearted person like me, then this is exactly the movie you should watch. Even as a straight male, I found the movie quite heart-arming. Full Review »
  3. Sep 10, 2010
    10
    A powerful film about the sometimes crippling power of love of another. As powerful as it is tragic, this is a movie I would not recommend toA powerful film about the sometimes crippling power of love of another. As powerful as it is tragic, this is a movie I would not recommend to the faint of art, but to anyone who appreciates the power of love. Full Review »