50

Slant Magazine

By Clayton Dillard
Most disheartening is how the female leads aren't given ample space to develop as dynamic characters beyond the most urgent confines of the script's scenarios.
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50

The A.V. Club

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.
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50

New York Magazine (Vulture)

By Bilge Ebiri
The film never quite reconciles the banality of this love triangle with its far more interesting depiction of the rest of these characters’ lives.
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50

The New York Times

By Stephen Holden
You can only imagine how much stronger the movie might have been had it fleshed out subsidiary dramas whose outlines are barely discernible.
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40

Los Angeles Times

By Sheri Linden
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.
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40

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
The only real reason to see it is for a luminous leading turn from Dakota Fanning as Brooklyn teen Lilly.
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38

RogerEbert.com

By Susan Wloszczyna
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.
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30

Village Voice

By Chuck Wilson
Very Good Girls is a film one wants to like but can't. It just doesn't work.
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30

The Dissolve

By Mike D'Angelo
Movies about female friendship are rare, so it’s dispiriting when one comes along, then hauls out the same tired plot in which both women fall for the same guy. Very Good Girls can’t even blame rampant film-industry sexism, as it was written and directed by Naomi Foner, making her directorial debut after many years as a screenwriter.
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20

Variety

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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35 out of 100
Generally unfavorable reviews
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