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  • Summary: A frustrated young woman (Aniston) begins an affair with a young co-worker (Gyllenhaal) who represents a chance for her to escape into a new world of emotional and sexual awakening. But when the affair quickly moves from liberation to poisonous obsession, she finds herself ensnared in aA frustrated young woman (Aniston) begins an affair with a young co-worker (Gyllenhaal) who represents a chance for her to escape into a new world of emotional and sexual awakening. But when the affair quickly moves from liberation to poisonous obsession, she finds herself ensnared in a chaotic web of blackmail, larceny and love. (Fox Searchlight) Expand
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  1. Positive: 25 out of 35
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  1. Aniston and Reilly give the best of many excellent performances. A few plotty scenes aside, this quietly directed drama paints a sensitive, sympathetic portrait of modern malaise, and has a smart sense of humor as a bonus.
  2. 90
    There's more to everyone here than we're initially led to think. The Good Girl is like a neurotically charged post-millennial take on the trailer-park comedies that Jonathan Demme once claimed for himself.
  3. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    88
    A sharp-tongued, subtly nuanced tragicomedy starring Jennifer Aniston, who shows her depth as a serious actress in this dark tale.
  4. 75
    Offers nothing more spectacular than a character study. And, although The Good Girl's protagonist may be trapped by routine, that's one claim that can never be made about the movie.
  5. 70
    Aniston plays her depressed character with enough conviction to guarantee that practically every scene will be stolen out from under her by minor characters, among them a pricelessly funny Zooey Deschanel as a Retail Rodeo employee who vents her rage and frustration on the customers.
  6. 60
    Never quite establishes its own identity, and when you remember it in two years it's likely to be that movie you saw that you kind of liked with that girl in it, what's her name, from TV.
  7. 50
    Skillfully sketches the parameters of its small-town existence but never quite fleshes out the inhabitants of those parameters. Without the well-considered humor and strongly defined characters of "Chuck," only a good cast stands between Girl and some familiar stereotypes.

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  1. Positive: 18 out of 36
  2. Negative: 16 out of 36
  1. samy
    Apr 5, 2010
    8
    An excellent performance from Jennifer Aniston who really does show that she can play someone other than Rachel Green. Also a brilliant An excellent performance from Jennifer Aniston who really does show that she can play someone other than Rachel Green. Also a brilliant screenplay and a wonderful underrated performance from Zooey Deschanel as Cheryl, the foul-mouthed Retail Rodeo employee. Expand
  2. Aug 25, 2014
    8
    We've seen troubled souls before, but never quite like this. The Good Girl is moving and dark, with just enough romance. Performances fromWe've seen troubled souls before, but never quite like this. The Good Girl is moving and dark, with just enough romance. Performances from Gyllenhaal and Reilly are noteworthy; nevertheless, Jennifer Aniston gives her finest performance to date. Expand
  3. CraigH.
    Sep 21, 2002
    3
    [Potential Spoilers Omitted] I think most people will agree that this movie depicted the mundane lives of some fairly unsuccessful people. [Potential Spoilers Omitted] I think most people will agree that this movie depicted the mundane lives of some fairly unsuccessful people. Great! . . but what else? It was very humorous, and the scattered jokes provided much needed comic relief. But what else? What is this movie really trying to say? I don't see anything. I started out feeling bad for Justine, and was rooting for her as the heroine of the film. But wait. . . it turns out that about half way through the movie, she has made several unexcusable, heart-wrenching decisions. After her accepteptance of blackmail "rape" by Bubba I could no longer root for Justine. In fact, I didn't even like her or in the least feel bad for her. Justine's problems were her own doing, and she hadn't done anything to try and solve them. So who do I root for? Who provides the substance for this film? No one. . . there isn't a single hero or heroine. Does the baby make up for the rest of her depressing mistakes? Has she redeemed herself by starting a family that otherwise wasn't ever going to start? No! ....... Maybe the baby gives her a chance to start over? Not at all! There is so little character development that it isn't clear if her feelings have changed for her husband. ..... To me, the baby only accentuated the point that her life wasn't going anywhere and that she wasn't going to do anything to change it. I'm not trying to say that movies shouldn't be depressing, but movies should contain substance. Overall, this movie provided me with 93 minutes in which I watched a person singlehandedly screw up their whole life (two lives if you count Tom) by making completely immoral and generally poor decisions. What does this tell us? You can really screw up your life by making bad decisions? I think we already knew that. . . It sucks to not have an education? I think we already knew that too. . . We should think about the consequences of our actions? . . . ohhhh really? Expand

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