Tribeca Film
Leah Greenblatt
July 18, 2014 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Very Good Girls is not, alas, a very good movie, but that’s more a problem of plotting than pedigree. Two of young Hollywood’s most gifted actresses, Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen, star as best friends wiling away the summer after high school graduation, and they obligingly hit the markers every girls-coming-of-age movie requires: self-discovery, parental conflict, a love interest (Boyd Holbrook) who doesn’t say a lot but squints gorgeously. Writer-director Naomi Foner gets the mood of youth right, and shoots it all in prettily dappled New York City light; she just doesn’t quite seem to know how to find something fresh or true in the telling. (Also on iTunes and VOD) B-

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