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A single mother 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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 4%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A strong cast can't save "Virginia," Dustin Lance Black's film about a schizophrenic mom in a small Virginia beach town."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"A bravely demented semi-autobiographical drama that never lives up to the potential of its high-powered cast."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"Sensitive about characters exploring this culture and the conversations they must have trying to figure out relationships. It's not ridiculing or condescending at all."
‑ Fred Topel, CraveOnline
"Virginia is so scattershot it feels like it's a vehicle created to loosely hold a group of ideas rather than function as anything coherent."
‑ Alison Willmore, Movieline
"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."
‑ Jesse Cataldo, Slant Magazine
"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."
‑ Sam Adams, AV Club
"Set among the hangdog hicks and arcade attractions of a fictional Southern beach town, the loosely autobiographical movie aims for roller-coaster passion but only flatlines."
‑ Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times
"A trainwreck."
‑ Chris Bumbray, JoBlo's Movie Emporium
"Religious zealots and nonbelievers alike run amok, as discussions abound about post-mortem polygamy and romance materializing in outer space in the afterlife This, as erotic police handcuffs and Mitt Romney intimations kick in. Sex, Lies and Mormons."
‑ Prairie Miller, NewsBlaze
"...aggressively meaningless..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"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."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"There are so many moving parts spinning in so many directions that this movie's purpose is inscrutable and the noise of its grinding parts distracting."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"The film concerns a woman with psychological problems, her married lover and her 16-year-old son, but the tale wobbles between humour and drama in a disconcerting fashion."
‑ Liz Braun, Jam! Movies
"Give a young auteur some indie pull and look what happens: Strictly recommended to anyone who needs to see a schizophrenic single mother robbing a bank in a gorilla mask and housedress."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
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