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The Diary of a Teenage Girl

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Marielle Heller

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About the Movie

In 1976 San Francisco, Minnie Goetze (Bel Powley) is growing up at the crossroads of the fading hippie movement and the dawn of punk rock. Like most teenage girls, Minnie is longing for love, acceptance and a sense of purpose in the world. Minnie begins a complex love affair with her mother's (Kristen Wiig) boyfriend, "the handsomest man in the world," Monroe Rutherford (Alexander Skarsgård). What follows is a sharp, funny and provocative account of one girl's sexual and artistic awakening, without judgment. Based on the critically acclaimed graphic novel by Phoebe Gloeckner.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 148
  • Fresh: 139
  • Rotten: 9
  • Average Rating: 7.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: The film is harsh but wonderful. It shouldn't be funny, too, but somehow it is, and somehow it's the right kind of funny. – Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune, Aug 13, 2015

Fresh: It's work, but it's ultimately rewarding work. It tackles some truths that other movies wouldn't touch, not even with a stick and thick gloves. – Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, Aug 13, 2015

Fresh: "The Diary of a Teenage Girl" is a breakthrough moment in the culture in that it depicts youthful female sexuality ... not just with the unapologetic frankness the boys usually get, but with an awareness of all the places a girl's urges will take her ... – Ty Burr, Boston Globe, Aug 20, 2015

Fresh: Heller and Powley present a journey that, stripped to its most basic emotional elements, is timeless and universal. – Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Aug 13, 2015

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Customer Reviews

The Diary of a Teenage Girl

The worse. Don't waste my money.


Creepy pedophilia disguised as a benign coming of age story. I heard so much hype/buzz about this - starting at Sundance - that it was one of the best movies of the year. Fish Tank was a better representation of this subject matter. As a former teenage girl, I’m still disgusted a day later, and don’t feel like the script or direction got into the psychology of the protagonist. It’s sad that the industry relies so much on exploitation of underage girls, when there are so many great, well-made, and positive movies that don’t even get picked up and release under the radar. Also the casting threw me off - Powley sounds nothing like a Bay Area teen. Her accent was distracting. Perhaps with the “groupie culture” of the 70’s, this was common place - but then please explain why Roman Polanski is fleeing charges.

Not all that.

Most probably a waste of money to produce it , and definitely, a waste of my money to rent it.

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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2015

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