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The Pretty One

Drama . Comedy

Audrey has all of the qualities that her twin sister Laurel wishes she possessed: confidence, style, independence. When tragedy strikes, Laurel has the opportunity to reinvent herself. In a complex performance, Zoe Kazan poignantly captures Laurel’s complex mix of loss and awakening, especially as she begins a new relationship with her neighbor (Jake Johnson). Jenée LaMarque’s first feature film is a quirky, lovely tale of identity and the eternal bond between two sisters.

Actors: Zoe Kazan , Jake Johnson , Ron Livingston , Danny Pudi , Sterling Beaumon , John Carroll Lynch , Frankie Shaw , Sabrina Lloyd , Jeremy Howard , Shae D'Lyn
Directors: Jenée LaMarque
Country: USA
Release: 2014-02-07
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  • Chuck Bowen

    The film is a quiet, tender triumph that leaves you feeling as if you've been embraced without you feeling had.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Rodrigo Perez

    A genuinely sweet, charming and funny tale of identity lost and found.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Aaron Hillis

    Kazan holds together a decent coming-of-age script that's emotionally sincere if tonally unfocused.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Christy Lemire

    You wish the material were more consistent for these two. Some moments are screechy, others aren't deeply emotional enough. The in-between moments in which LaMarque hits just the right note can be charming, though, and they promise better things to come. Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    This eerily unsettling indie takes a few pleasantly unexpected turns before winding up in a traditional place. But if you think it isn’t worth the time, you have another think coming.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Joshua Rothkopf

    LaMarque foregrounds her scenario’s awkwardness—it never quite feels like a comedy—and the pair of male suitors she brings in (Jake Johnson and Ron Livingston) are, refreshingly, as unfixed as her main character. But you still wish Kazan had more to work with.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Marc Mohan

    Overall, The Pretty One suffers from excessive, unfocused quirk and a predictable sitcom resolution.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Robert Abele

    Had the movie itself been more focused as a story of messy loss — and not played tonal Twister with its high concept — it might have better served its freshly oddball lead.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Walter Addiego

    Tonal inconsistency is the iceberg that sinks The Pretty One. The film is a mashup of wacky comedy, romance and sorrowful elements that would tax a more seasoned filmmaker than first-time writer-director Jenée LaMarque.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    The Pretty One is intermittently charming, occasionally touching and entirely lacking in credibility.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Sara Stewart

    The Pretty One does find a handful of genuinely sweet moments in which Basel and Laurel bond on letting their respective freak flags fly. Like the film itself, Kazan is at her best when she’s not trying so hard to be cute.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Rex Reed

    The good twin/bad twin conceit in 2014 doesn’t have a shred of the original surprise, and Zoe Kazan doesn’t have the chops to carry it off anyway.

    New York Observer Full Review
  • Mike D'Angelo

    All in all, The Pretty One is too lightweight to justify such a disturbing act of reinvention.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Stephanie Merry

    For all its intimations about finding one’s true self and the complicated setups for a big misidentification, The Pretty One is just another romantic dramedy.

    Washington Post Full Review
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