The Good Girl
The Good Girl (2002)

Justine is thirty years old and works as a discount store clerk in Texas. Deeply unhappy in her marriage to a man who is infertile because of a dope-smoking habit, Justine soon begins an affair with Holden, the store's newly hired… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: August 7, 2002
DVD Release Date: January 7, 2003
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Critic Score: 81% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A dark dramedy with exceptional performances from Jennifer Aniston and Jake Gyllenhaal, The Good Girl is a moving and astute look at the passions of two troubled souls in a small town.

David Rooney

A warmly satisfying comedy about dissatisfied people seeking to escape from the personal prison of their mundane lives in soulless suburbia.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

It's soulful and unslick, and that's apparently just what [Aniston] has always needed to grow into a movie career.

Emanuel Levy

Arteta's third feature is good step in the right direction, for him as a disrector and for Jennifer Anniston as an actress

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Derek Adams
Time Out

I wish I could say I liked it more, but despite a smattering of priceless moments, The Good Girl gets bogged down in the very narrowness that afflicts Justine.

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Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter

An absorbing, slice-of-depression life that touches nerves and rings true.

Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Jennifer Aniston is excellent in what is the best performance of her career, yet.

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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Once fans recover from the shock, they'll discover that this sitcom actress has the chops to tackle some pretty heavy stuff.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

White hasn't developed characters so much as caricatures, one-dimensional buffoons that get him a few laughs but nothing else.

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Todd Gilchrist
IGN Movies

In Miguel Arteta's quirky indie feature, Jennifer Aniston searches for meaning and passion in a swirl of suburban malaise and ironically may have finally found a character who can reveal the shades of her talent.

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Flixster Audience Score: 59% Flixster User Reviews
William Dunmyer
First they made "Chuck and Buck" (2000). Two years later, screenwriter Mike White and director Miguel Arteta collaborated on "The Good… More
Jim Hunter
A bored Texas housewife begins an affair with a troubled younger man, who works with her at the Retail Rodeo. The supporting characters in this film are truly… More
Jennifer Xu
I didn't like it. It was so derivative yet miserable, so cheerless yet faux-introspective. Sometimes there were these departures into fantasy and I… More
Leigh Ryan
Eh... okay movie. I watched because of Zooey and she again made the movie. But you can't resist John C. Reilly either, he is a complete scene stealer and… More
Dean McKenna
Jennifer Aniston impresses on this offbeat black comedy. Her low-pitched intensity evokes the seemingly demure Texan who secretly hates her life. The… More
Alice Shen
Pretty solid performance from Aniston. Jake Gyllenhaal as Holden is oh-so-intense and romantic. I don't get why Justine doesn't tell the truth about… More

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