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  • Summary: Virginia is a beautiful yet unhinged single mother who struggles to raise her son Emmett while dreaming of escaping her small Southern boardwalk town. Her long time affair with the very married, Mormon Sheriff Richard Tipton is thrown into question when he decides to run for public office. Things are further complicated when Emmett begins a romantic relationship with Tipton’s daughter. Virginia and the town—populated by Amy Madigan, Toby Jones, Yeardley Smith—are full of secrets and everyone knows Virginia can only keep things together for so long. Virginia is a funny, touching drama that looks at the American Dream and what it takes to keep it together. (eOne Films)
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  1. Reviewed by: Sam Adams
    May 25, 2012
    58
    Black seems to be aiming for some sort of loopy fantasia, a tragic fable about struggling with difference in the small-town South, but he's got more half-finished ideas than he can handle.
  2. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    May 18, 2012
    50
    Black loses control of Virginia as it lurches from political satire to unintended black comedy to mom-and-son melodrama. But the performances and the movie's sheer crazy audacity make it watchable.
  3. Reviewed by: Alison Willmore
    May 20, 2012
    50
    Virginia is like a box full of someone's long ago summer vacation keepsakes: pretty, but representative of memories and meaning no one else will be able to grasp.
  4. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    May 12, 2012
    40
    A scattershot Southern melodrama that can't decide what it's supposed to be.
  5. Reviewed by: Eric Hynes
    May 15, 2012
    40
    It also serves to undercut fine performances by Connelly and Harris, whose choices are constantly destabilized by scripted swings between comedy and drama, realism and fantasy, genuine catharsis and indie-film ornamentation. Black's overactive melodrama is more than a representation of schizophrenia; it's the embodiment of it.
  6. Reviewed by: Jesse Cataldo
    May 14, 2012
    38
    Unfortunately, there's little sympathy granted to these people, and the revelation of their hidden vices comes across like an increasingly mean series of punchlines.
  7. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    May 17, 2012
    10
    With its soft jabs at hypocrisy and band-aid use of voiceover narration, Virginia is an excruciatingly slow train wreck.

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