Girl in Progress

11girl_span-thumbstandard While single mom Grace is distracted by her own work, life and romantic issues, her teen daughter, Ansiedad, adopts her own plan for growing up. Patricia Arquette stars as the English teacher who inspires Ansiedad to declare her early freedom.
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Netflix Rating: 3.7
NYT Review
“Girl in Progress" is a teenager-coming-of-age tale that, by virtue of its self-conscious parody of that genre, turns out to be an unusually smart example of it. Read the review
Rotten Tomatoes: Rotten 29%
Critics' score: 29   Audience score: 58   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

Progress acknowledges cliches but has little interest in actually subverting them, instead growing more predictable and sentimental as it goes along. full review

William Goss,

It never gives us a character we truly care about, or a consistent reason for watching. full review

Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger

Girl in Progress seems like a work in progress. full review

Claudia Puig, USA Today

The direction ... doesn't do justice to the fairly novel concept of a young woman consciously constructing her own coming-of-age scenario. full review

Lou Lumenick, New York Post

A comedy-drama that veers between silly and serious but can't reconcile the opposing tones. full review

Rafer Guzman, Newsday

Smart girls do stupid things, there's no doubt about it. But Ansiedad's bad behavior is supposed to be both faux and earnest, a premise that doesn't jell. full review

Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times

Does it pull out all the melodramatic stops toward the end? Does it resolve its many climactic crises too neatly and too sweetly? Yes on both counts. But, then again, what did you expect? full review

A.O. Scott, New York Times

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

Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News

The mystery of Eva Mendes' slow-simmering career continues. full review

Mary F. Pols, TIME Magazine

The lack of connective tissue and more explicitly drawn parallels between the storylines drags the pic down to the level of a basic TV series. full review

Boyd van Hoeij, Variety

Attention, women! You should never sleep with a man whose only attribute is that you want to sleep with him. I should write a book of my own. full review

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

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

Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly

This is being marketed as an ideal film for moms and daughters to see together on Mother's Day weekend. A long, awkward brunch sounds more fun -- and more truthful. full review

Christy Lemire, Associated Press

A corny, overwritten movie made by a director with nothing to say. full review

Rex Reed, New York Observer

... when Girl in Progress works, it's a thoughtful trip -- no matter how broad some of its missteps are... full review

James Rocchi, MSN Movies

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

Melissa Anderson, Village Voice

Riggen's lethargic direction, which favors a monotonous procession of static, centrally framed compositions, doesn't help matters in the slightest. full review

R. Emmet Sweeney, Time Out New York

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

David Edelstein, New York Magazine
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