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Girl in Progress

6/10
Drama . Foreign . Comedy
 

As single mom Grace juggles work, bills, and her affair with a married doctor, her daughter, Ansiedad, plots a shortcut to adulthood after finding inspiration in the coming-of-age stories she's reading for school.

 
Actors: Cierra Ramirez , Tiera Skovbye , Brenna O'Brien , Richard Harmon , Eugenio Derbez , Russell Peters , Raini Rodriguez , Patricia Arquette , Landon Liboiron , Matthew Modine , Eva Mendes
Directors: Patricia Riggen
Country: USA
Release: 2012-08-10
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  • A.O. Scott

    The movie, by virtue of its self-conscious parody of the kind of movie it is, turns out to be an unusually smart and sensitive example of the genre.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    Girl in Progress is an old story about a young girl told in a smart way, and that's something you don't see every day, no matter how many times you think you've seen it before.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    The two lead actresses rise to the occasion when they're finally forced to confront each other at the climax.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Sheri Linden

    Mendes is charismatic and likable as Grace - perhaps too likable. Conveying Grace's parental blind spots, she doesn't turn her character's single motherhood into an argument for sainthood. Yet she avoids any darker glimpses that would lend a more satisfying complexity to the mother-daughter tension and to the movie's too-neat ending.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    A well-done, conscientious and funny little film that recalls "Clueless," only with more heart.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Michelle Orange

    Girl in Progress feels a little trapped by its own conceits: It plays with the idea that all rebellion is in some sense performed and makes a caricature out of the immature, attention-hungry mother, but it never liberates its characters from their molds.

    Movieline Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    The movie goes soft. But it has the unpretentious energy and charm of a good YA girls' novel.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    Seems like a work in progress.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Boyd van Hoeij

    Never finds its own groove, alternating between high-school dramedy and overworked-single-mom narratives without ever really becoming a mother-and-daughter story until the closing scenes.

    Variety Full Review
  • Mary Pols

    Unfortunately, Girl in Progress doesn't upend anything; it just makes us weary of its wisecracking, oblivious teen and her ditzy mom.

    Time Full Review
  • Mark Olsen

    This archly self-aware coming-of-age tale fizzles, as the targeted Latino audience is upstaged by a culture more firmly rooted in the film's soggy Seattle setting.

    Boxoffice Magazine Full Review
  • Melissa Anderson

    Unconvincing, flawed matriarch Mendes and junior showboat Ramirez appear to be acting in entirely different movies.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • R. Emmet Sweeney

    Uneasily poised between glib irony and earnest melodrama, Patricia Riggen's coming-of-age tale is as scattered as its manic pubescent protagonist.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    Ansiedad is a smart charmer, and well-played by Cierra Ramirez, she should really be above this sort of thing - above the whole movie, really.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Nathan Rabin

    Girl In Progress is ultimately less interested in subverting the clichés of the genre than in recycling them. It wants audiences to know it's in on the joke though it's not always apparent that there even is a joke in the first place.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum

    This inauthentic teen tale, with its cosmetically softened edges, serves neither the young people nor the Mendes fans for whom it might be intended.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Nick Schager

    Girl in Progress operates like a training-wheels melodrama for genre-uneducated tweens.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
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