How to Build a Girl

critic Reviews

78% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score78%
  • Led by Beanie Feldstein's charming performance, How to Build a Girl puts a disarmingly earnest spin on the familiar coming-of-age comedy formula.
  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Leah GreenblattEntertainment Weekly
    Giedroyc has a real sense for the oversized emotions of adolescence - to the point that she often channels it literally into a sort of kooky magical realism.
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    Mark FeeneyBoston Globe
    The movie doesn't sympathize with anyone, really. Nick Lowe famously sang that you have to be cruel to be kind. "How to Build" is mostly just cruel.
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    Katie RifeAV Club
    There's some valuable wisdom in there... But these grounded morals are smuggled into a storyline that's so completely divorced from reality that the end result is more confusing than inspiring.
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    Adam GrahamDetroit News
    Beanie Feldstein's charming performance forms the solid base of "How to Build a Girl," a coming-of-age comedy that follows familiar beats but has a winning disposition.
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    Monica CastilloRogerEbert.com
    It's charming and sweet, and even in its more serious moments, the movie never loses its sense of humor.
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    Steve PondTheWrap
    You don't have to buy the details of this particular story to understand that it's a good thing to have it in the library.
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    Ruben Peralta RigaudCocalecas
    The film's general idea ends up being unstable, and betrays itself. [Full review in Spanish]
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    Sean P. MeansThe Movie Cricket
    Beanie Feldstein captures Johanna's insecurity and her determination to rewrite her life, and isn't afraid to take the character to the dark side.
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    Christopher SchobertFilmswoon
    Feldstein brings her usual wit and charm to the role. But the film is far too predictable, and never quite as funny or moving as it should be.
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    Asia FreyLagniappe (Mobile, AL)
    It did not come across as a tender look back at a youthful time; it just came across as naive - not a naive character but a naive film.
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