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
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Progress acknowledges cliches but has little interest in actually subverting them, instead growing more predictable and sentimental as it goes along.
William Goss,  full review
It never gives us a character we truly care about, or a consistent reason for watching.
Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger  full review
Girl in Progress seems like a work in progress.
Claudia Puig, USA Today  full review
The direction ... doesn't do justice to the fairly novel concept of a young woman consciously constructing her own coming-of-age scenario.
Lou Lumenick, New York Post  full review
A comedy-drama that veers between silly and serious but can't reconcile the opposing tones.
Rafer Guzman, Newsday  full review
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.
Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times  full review
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?
A.O. Scott, New York Times  full review
A well-done, conscientious and funny little film that recalls "Clueless," only with more heart.
Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News  full review
The mystery of Eva Mendes' slow-simmering career continues.
Mary F. Pols, TIME Magazine  full review
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.
Boyd van Hoeij, Variety  full review
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.
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times  full review
This inauthentic teen tale, with its cosmetically softened edges, serves neither the young people nor the Mendes fans for whom it might be intended.
Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly  full review
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.
Christy Lemire, Associated Press  full review
A corny, overwritten movie made by a director with nothing to say.
Rex Reed, New York Observer  full review
... when Girl in Progress works, it's a thoughtful trip -- no matter how broad some of its missteps are...
James Rocchi, MSN Movies  full review
Unconvincing, flawed matriarch Mendes and junior showboat Ramirez appear to be acting in entirely different movies.
Melissa Anderson, Village Voice  full review
Riggen's lethargic direction, which favors a monotonous procession of static, centrally framed compositions, doesn't help matters in the slightest.
R. Emmet Sweeney, Time Out New York  full review
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