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
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
Girl in Progress seems like a work in progress.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
Unconvincing, flawed matriarch Mendes and junior showboat Ramirez appear to be acting in entirely different movies.
Melissa Anderson - Village Voice
A well-done, conscientious and funny little film that recalls "Clueless," only with more heart.
Joe Neumaier - New York Daily News
... when Girl in Progress works, it's a thoughtful trip -- no matter how broad some of its missteps are...
James Rocchi - MSN Movies
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
A corny, overwritten movie made by a director with nothing to say.
Rex Reed - New York Observer
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
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
Progress acknowledges cliches but has little interest in actually subverting them, instead growing more predictable and sentimental as it goes along.
William Goss - Film.com
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
The mystery of Eva Mendes' slow-simmering career continues.
Mary F. Pols - TIME Magazine
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
Teen comedy-drama Girl in Progress is too self-consciously quirky for its own good, but Cierra Ramirez brims with sparky charm.
Jason Best - Movie Talk
Girl In Progress does have potential but unfortunately it gives into the stereotypes of many female Spanish characters.
Karen Benardello - We Got This Covered
a pleasant surprise
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
... as amateurish as a second-rate, high-school drama club.
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
As rites of passage go, Girl in Progress is a step backward for the genre.
Brett Michel - Boston Phoenix
Contrived and cliche-filled, culminating in a predictable conclusion.
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
Less a misfire than a missed opportunity, Girl In Progress squanders its time in high school, neglecting the mother-daughter story that forms its more interesting core.
Mark Olsen - Boxoffice Magazine
Any attempt to provide insight into various real-life issues, such as teenage rebellion or the perils of single motherhood, is compromised by the film's predicable reliance on feel-good sentimentality.
Todd Jorgenson - Cinemalogue.com
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.
Nathan Rabin - AV Club
Coming-of-age story cautions against forcing adulthood.
Sandie Angulo Chen - Common Sense Media
Coming-of-age tale has a lot of appealing elements which help counteract its weaknesses.
David Noh - Film Journal International
It never gives us a character we truly care about, or a consistent reason for watching.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
What is this movie? Is it meant to be heartwarming? Funny? Satirical? Moving?
Dave White - Movies.com
While Girl In Progress isn't a bad film, it just isn't good enough to really say anything all that meaningful about the task of becoming an adult in a challenging world.
JimmyO - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
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.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
A comedy-drama that veers between silly and serious but can't reconcile the opposing tones.
Rafer Guzman - Newsday
Even in all its movie-cuteness, Girl in Progress keeps its feet on the ground just enough to keep you watching.
Grae Drake - Movies.com
Earnest but forced, [it] has its heart in the right place, but is conspicuously short on brain power.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
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.
Michelle Orange - Movieline
This family melodrama is not effective as a star vehicle for the beautiful Eva Mendes, or as a coming of age in the particular context of Hispanic culture.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Well-intentioned discussion points for Mother's Day.
Matt Pais - RedEye
Can a single tone-deaf, wince-inducing joke, even one that's repeated, kill a movie? No. Not a good film. But a marginal one that has trouble finding its tone? Let's just say wisecracks about spouse abuse don't help this one.
There's little to complain about here, but there's also little to cheer about. Benignly enjoyable during viewing, the production ultimately takes too few risks.
Annlee Ellingson - Paste Magazine
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
A plot with a far too self-conscious main character functioning more as tour guide than dramatically spontaneous protagonist. And a narrative running on a perpetually pouting young teen's social calendar checklist, dragging its way to the finish line.
Prairie Miller - NewsBlaze
Mendes is appealing as the childlike Grace and Ramirez shows real promise as the serious-minded Ansiedad.
John Hazelton - Screen International
The movie goes soft. But it has the unpretentious energy and charm of a good YA girls' novel.
A deconstructionist take on the teenaged coming-of-age story, director Patricia Riggen's fair adaptation of Hiram Martinez's screenplay makes bold commentary on immigrant culture and values in America.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
Girl in Progress operates like a training-wheels melodrama for genre-uneducated tweens.
Nick Schager - Slant Magazine