Very Good Girls
Very Good Girls (2014)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: July 25, 2014
DVD Release Date: September 23, 2014
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Critic Score: 21% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Resting on a love triangle played out by poorly drawn characters, Very Good Girls succeeds mainly in making viewers want a better project for Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen.

Susan Wloszczyna

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.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

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.

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Neely Swanson
Easy Reader (California)

Without better development, the multiple betrayals - Lilly of Gerry and Lilly's parents of each other and their family - would have resonated far more. Still, "Very Good Girls" is a good film and worth spending time with.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

Very Good Girls has a breezy yet bittersweet, vaguely nostalgic vibe.

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

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.

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Jared Mobarak
The Film Stage

We should forget the contrivances because we're wrapped up in how the girls act during the aftermath, but we aren't given that privilege.

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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times

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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Kyle Smith
New York Post

A drama that feels like an old person's idea of what young people are like.

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Stephen Silver

"Very Good Girls" is far from a perfect movie, but I enjoyed its spirit and atmosphere, even as I objected to some of the key elements.

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Flixster Audience Score: 34% Flixster User Reviews
Nicki Marie
Very small movie, but I liked it a lot. It doesn't drag at all and Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen are convincing as best friends. I'm surprised… More
KJ Proulx
This is as mediocre as coming-of-age stories can possibly get. Elizabeth Olson and Dakota Fanning play their characters fairly well and I did buy them as best… More
Dann Michalski
Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen star in the coming of age drama Very Good Girls. During their last summer together before they go away to college two best… More