Very Good Girls
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Best friends Lily (Dakota Fanning) and Gerry (Elizabeth Olsen), home for one last New York summer, make a pact to lose their virginity before leaving for college. But when they both fall for the same handsome artist (Boyd Holbrook) and Lily starts seeing him in secret, a lifelong friendship is tested. With Demi Moore, Richard Dreyfuss, Ellen Barkin, Peter Sarsgaard, and Clark Gregg, and featuring new music by Rilo Kiley's Jenny Lewis. (c) Tribeca

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 17%

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"Very Good Girls has a breezy yet bittersweet, vaguely nostalgic vibe."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Disappointingly, Foner's young heroines are defined primarily by their reactions to other people. It's a great credit to Olsen and, especially, Fanning that they manage to make these characters vibrant and sympathetic anyway."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"Appreciably different and well acted throughout, and sincerely engaging in patches... [but] ultimately succumbs to sigh-inducing artificiality."
‑ Brent Simon, Paste Magazine
"While Olsen and Fanning are surely talented, such a cold screenplay -- one that feels hard to engage with -- ends up leaving the actresses little to work with."
‑ Kyle Turner, Under the Radar
"It rings false in its portrayal of sisterhood and coming-of-age angst."
‑ Todd Jorgenson,
"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."
‑ Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times
"A drama that feels like an old person's idea of what young people are like."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"The film treats a complicated experience with painstaking simplicity."
‑ Robert Levin, amNewYork
"A difficult yet rewarding summer for a teenager getting ready to leave for college."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"An almost complete waste of a talented cast, and all to, apparently, convince teenaged girls that sex isn't worth the hassle. Say what?"
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"One insurmountable problem is that the stars, especially Ms. Olsen, 25, are too old for their roles. Another is that the movie has more characters than it can begin to accommodate in 91 minutes."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"Holbrook acts as a discount Ryan Gosling -- all the mumbling and silence at just 20 percent of the charisma."
‑ Jesse Hassenger, AV Club
"Bland, brooding coming-of-age drama wastes talented cast."
‑ Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
"...Very Good Girls is a delicate and heartfelt story of a friendship on the eve of its maturity test, told in a nuanced, balanced way."
‑ Anna Tatarska, Movie Mezzanine
"Will any film this year feature a moment more pretentious than David asking Lily to read a few lines of Sylvia Plath's poetry before their first kiss? That guy deserves a smack to the kisser all right."
‑ Susan Wloszczyna,
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