17 Girls

Based on true events, this drama tells the story of 17 teenage girls from the same school in small-town France who get pregnant at the same time, baffling the adults -- and the boys -- in their lives.
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Netflix Rating: 3.0
Rotten Tomatoes: Rotten 67%
Critics' score: 67   Audience score: 40   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

17 Girls is allegedly inspired by true events, but this diffident, dreamy film is so insubstantial it's hard to believe there's a speck of reality to be found in it. full review

Connie Ogle, Miami Herald

The film suggests a state of grace between childhood and adulthood, but the narrative feels increasingly tentative, and the characters remain opaque - "local divas," in one teacher's estimation. full review

Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times

The question is why this incident seemed worth dramatizing, especially in such a dreamily romanti-cized way - with perfect pregnancies and friendly baby daddies. full review

Farran Smith Nehme, New York Post

The movie takes you inside the dreamy collective mentality of bored, mildly rebellious girls who look with horror at the lives of their mostly working-class parents. full review

Stephen Holden, New York Times

The film's rhythms mimic the volatile emotional life of adolescence: the violent rushes between euphoria and despair, the overconfident contempt for adults mixed with regressive dependence when things fall apart. full review

"17 Girls" doesn't try to explain its many mysteries. That would have made for a better film, but this one does a nice job showing its effects. full review

Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic

A lot of style, but not much substance. full review

Thembi Ford, Village Voice

The film captures a moment when irrationality and romantic self-delusion go viral -- and the difficulty of containing such elements. full review

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle

Impressively, the rookie scribe-helmers' sense of equilibrium is unerring and also surprisingly subtle. full review

Boyd van Hoeij, Variety
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