Ginger & Rosa
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London, 1962. Two teenage girls - GINGER & ROSA - are inseparable. They skip school together, talk about love, religion and politics and dream of lives bigger than their mothers' domesticity. But the growing threat of nuclear war casts a shadow over their lives. Ginger (Elle Fanning) is drawn to poetry and protest, while Rosa (Alice Englert) shows Ginger how to smoke cigarettes, kiss boys and pray. Both rebel against their mothers: Rosa's single mum, Anoushka (Jodhi May), and Ginger's frustrated painter mother, Natalie (Christina Hendricks). Meanwhile, Ginger's pacifist father,… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%

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"Coming from anyone else, Ginger & Rosa would be a sensitive if predictable coming-of-age tale set in the mists of the distant past. But coming from writer-director Sally Potter, it's a major surprise."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"Elle Fanning is scary. Scarily good."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Much of the night work,especially candlelit, puts "Ginger & Rosa" in the fashion of a memory piece rather than an objective history.But, as in all of Potter's work, it is an estimable and lush solution to the most minimal of budgets."
‑ Ray Pride, Newcity
"With a rich sense of lived experience, Potter first portrays the blithe excitement and sense of joyful conspiracy shared by the two friends."
‑ Nicolas Rapold, Film Comment Magazine
"The gifted Elle Fanning turns in an extraordinary performance, although Sally Potter's film is otherwise built on a flimsy, soap-opera story."
‑ Mike Scott, Times-Picayune
"A near-flawless film, beautifully shot and cut, excitingly performed and deeply felt."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"In all respects, this is the completely captivating Fanning's picture."
‑ Linda Barnard, Toronto Star
"As good as the movie is performance-wise, [director Sally] Potter allows the pacing to drag frequently, meaning viewers must be patient with Ginger & Rosa."
‑ Forrest Hartman, Reno Gazette-Journal
"...probably Potter's most accessible movie to date, but the script is perhaps nothing special ..."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"Assured but bleak art-house girl's coming-of-age film that combines politics and personal matters."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Fanning is nearly perfect as Ginger navigates choppier waters than most teens have to. There is not a false note in her performance; no matter how melodramatic things become, everything about Ginger remains genuine."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"Potter has a rich compositional eye, but she wisely trims the fat from the dialogue, which dances around most of the melodrama until an explosive last act."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"The complexity of the characters and the simplicity of the story balance out to a rewarding coming-of-age drama for adults."
‑ Eric D. Snider, About.com
"Nuclear anxiety becomes a distraction from teenage pressures and a projection of potentially explosive emotional distress in this beautifully acted character drama."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"Despite some narrative missteps, Ginger & Rosa should be seen simply for Fanning's exceptional performance, the sort of revelatory turn that makes us feel as if the next generation of film is in capable hands."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
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