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  • Summary: Best friends Lily (Dakota Fanning) and Gerry (Elizabeth Olsen), home for one last New York summer, make a pact to lose their virginity before leaving for college. But when they both fall for the same handsome artist (Boyd Holbrook) and Lily starts seeing him in secret, a lifelong friendship is tested. [Tribeca Film] Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Jesse Hassenger
    Jul 23, 2014
    50
    The casting isn’t all together unconvincing: Olsen and Fanning’s collective ability to project intelligence beyond their years works both ways, allowing them to play both precocious youths and youthful adults. But Very Good Girls catches them in between those stages, and the effect isn’t evocative so much as muddled.
  2. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Jul 24, 2014
    50
    You can only imagine how much stronger the movie might have been had it fleshed out subsidiary dramas whose outlines are barely discernible.
  3. Reviewed by: Bilge Ebiri
    Jul 28, 2014
    50
    The film never quite reconciles the banality of this love triangle with its far more interesting depiction of the rest of these characters’ lives.
  4. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Jul 24, 2014
    40
    Despite a finely wrought lead performance by Dakota Fanning, the drama feels more like the stuff of a mild — and dated — YA novel than an involving exploration of female experience.
  5. Reviewed by: Susan Wloszczyna
    Jul 25, 2014
    38
    All in all, Very Good Girls is a very bad excuse to subject those of us who have enjoyed Fanning ever since 2001’s "I Am Sam" to seeing her flash her bare fanny, fondle herself provocatively and cavort in her underwear for no dramatic purpose. Yes, she should be allowed to grow up onscreen. But without a story that justifies it, it just feels sad and desperate.
  6. Reviewed by: Chuck Wilson
    Jul 22, 2014
    30
    Very Good Girls is a film one wants to like but can't. It just doesn't work.
  7. Reviewed by: Alissa Simon
    Jun 7, 2014
    20
    The screenplay is so vapid and cliched, and the casting so terrible, that viewers may wind up entertaining themselves with other thoughts.

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