Metascore
43

Mixed or average reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 16
  2. Negative: 2 out of 16
  1. Reviewed by: Mary Houlihan
    Jun 6, 2013
    75
    Violet & Daisy won’t be everyone’s cup of tea... But view this as a modern comic book/fairy tale, and it’s easier to accept this saga of girls with guns and the life lessons they eventually confront.
  2. Reviewed by: Kirk Honeycutt
    May 3, 2013
    70
    It’s a film that doesn’t always work but when it does you almost hear an audible click. Violet & Daisy has its share of these ah-ha moments.
  3. Reviewed by: R. Kurt Osenlund
    Jun 4, 2013
    63
    A twisted, spirited exercise in stark juxtaposition, a grindhouse fairy tale of sorts that pairs the sugary sweet with the nastily violent.
  4. Reviewed by: Alan Scherstuhl
    Jun 4, 2013
    60
    The key relationships are well drawn, if not especially revealing of anything human, and director Fletcher sometimes dares some welcome absurdity. But if you've seen movies built from the same parts as this one, you'll likely find this too familiar—but energetic, well-acted, and distinguished by artfully artless chatter.
  5. Reviewed by: Matt Zoller Seitz
    Jun 7, 2013
    50
    Gandolfini's quietly magnificent performance is the only reason to see Violet & Daisy.
  6. Reviewed by: Stephanie Merry
    Jun 6, 2013
    50
    The actors can’t compensate for a story that ultimately sputters.
  7. 50
    Fletcher and his players never quite hit on a tone that works. Fantastical dream sequences and side trips to the store to get “more bullets” never quite rise to the level of wry commentary. This just isn’t as cute and funny as Fletcher seems to think it is.
  8. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    May 3, 2013
    50
    Violet & Daisy feels radically disconnected from recognizable human behavior.
  9. Reviewed by: William Goss
    Jun 10, 2013
    48
    So self-conscious that it alienates the viewer early and often.
  10. Reviewed by: Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
    Jun 5, 2013
    42
    Geoffrey Fletcher’s directorial debut, Violet & Daisy, has a lot of arch dialogue and very little depth. Talky and artificial, it moves like a sort of lobotomized Hal Hartley movie; it has plenty of Hartley-esque rhetorical devices — theatrical speech patterns, naïve characters, jokey plotting — but lacks Hartley’s sense of curiosity or engagement with the real world.
  11. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Jun 6, 2013
    40
    While the film has an appealingly dreamy, summer-in-New-York look and a pleasantly languorous rhythm, it gives the actors very little to do and the audience almost nothing to care about.
  12. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Jun 6, 2013
    40
    Violet & Daisy comes out of the gate guns blazing. Too bad it ends as a misfire.
  13. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Jun 6, 2013
    40
    Gandolfini scoops up another chance to show off the gentleness he left at home during six seasons of “The Sopranos.”
  14. Reviewed by: Matt Singer
    Jun 4, 2013
    40
    Deserves some kind of Bizarro World Robert Altman Independent Spirit Award for the Best Ensemble in the Least Interesting Movie.
  15. Reviewed by: Sara Stewart
    Jun 6, 2013
    38
    Predicated almost entirely on the repeated juxtaposition of innocent girlishness and mindless violence, Violet & Daisy could still have been campy fun — instead, it wilts for lack of wit.
  16. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Jun 4, 2013
    25
    This disoriented drivel was written by — and marks the directing debut of — Geoffrey Fletcher, who won an Academy Award for writing "Precious." It’s weird, but not in a good way.
User Score
7.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 18 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. Dec 14, 2013
    3
    The only reason to watch VIOLET AND DAISY is if you are very fond of the three lead actors. Otherwise the tedium and lack of believabilityThe only reason to watch VIOLET AND DAISY is if you are very fond of the three lead actors. Otherwise the tedium and lack of believability make it difficult to watch through to the end. Find another way to say goodbye to James Gandolfini. Full Review »
  2. Oct 5, 2013
    10
    That was an exceptionally clever film.
    If you aren't paying attention you will completely miss what is really happening.
    Lets just say
    That was an exceptionally clever film.
    If you aren't paying attention you will completely miss what is really happening.

    Lets just say that any critic who complained about the semi-emotionless acting of the girls or the seemingly unconnected dream sequences completely missed the real story.
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  3. Jul 15, 2013
    7
    Late James Gandolfini won't mind a chessy-action flick after his death, would he? Violet And Daisy is a corny movie starring Saroise RonanLate James Gandolfini won't mind a chessy-action flick after his death, would he? Violet And Daisy is a corny movie starring Saroise Ronan yeah, THAT girl from The Host and another chick. It's a story about two sisters and their job of assassins with a mild taunt mission to hunt down a mega criminal played by Gandolfini. Let me get this straight- Violet And Daisy is FUN. Just awesome, Bourne and Taken with Superbad type FUN. It's jarring and violent with a hyper speed that's pumping till the end. Full Review »