Metascore
33

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 14
  2. Negative: 5 out of 14
  1. 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.
  2. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    May 17, 2012
    30
    Virginia is a wildly unpredictable piece of work. Playing the kind of role that is often associated with Laura Dern, Ms. Connelly gives a brave, full-tilt performance that is true to the character but can't hold the movie together.
  3. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    May 22, 2012
    40
    Connelly, Harris and Amy Madigan, as Tipton's devastated wife, all do their best to bring a measure of soul to Black's creations, but there's something fundamentally synthetic about Virginia, which lays bare its influences without doing much to reanimate them.
  4. Reviewed by: Rick Groen
    May 17, 2012
    50
    It's all rather wacky and hard to follow or fathom, although maybe that's attributable to Virginia's schizophrenia veering off on its delusional phase.
  5. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    May 17, 2012
    40
    The movie as a whole falls victim to a dewy kind of Tennessee Williams-itis, as Black plops too many wanna-be, colorful twists - imminent illness, botched robberies, fake pregnancies - into what is at heart a gently heartbreaking rendering.
  6. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Jun 7, 2012
    40
    A strong cast can't save Virginia.
  7. 30
    Presumably a glib attack on sanctimonious small-town religious hypocrisy informed by Black's own strict Mormon upbringing, the film is tonally all over the place, eventually settling in a rut that comes a lot closer to resembling bad camp than edgy satire.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Reviewed by: Benjamin Mercer
    May 15, 2012
    30
    A bonkers tragicomedy that blandly mocks the red-state family-values charade.
  14. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    May 12, 2012
    40
    A scattershot Southern melodrama that can't decide what it's supposed to be.

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