(2012)

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Based on 10 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
63
Where About Cherry fails is in its depiction of interpersonal relationships. Nearly all of them are flat and uninspired.
58
Demanding everyone accept you as you are can be a way of refusing to compromise, and the film's failure to explore this aspect of the lifestyle its portraying is almost as disappointing as moralizing would be.
50
James Franco's role hardly exists. He's a doped-up cipher who attends museum openings and drives his car into a cement wall, looking as bored and out of place as he did hosting the Academy Awards.
50
The lack of plausible conflict mars the movie's highly commendable depiction of San Francisco as a the new porn capital.
50
Setting out to reassure that certain decisions do not necessarily have fatal consequences for one's sexual morality, though, About Cherry only manages to seem inconsequential.
40
The New York Times
The fatal flaw of this well-acted movie, whose creators are sex industry veterans, is its refusal to examine Angelina's occupation from outside the bubble. You might even call it a recruitment film.
38
Prostitutes have inspired some of the most unforgettable characters in fiction. As for all of its effect on Angelina, she might as well have saved herself the wear and tear and stayed in the laundry.
25
This is just a slow-moving skin flick broken up by lots of boring discussions about Cherry's future.
20
Given that porn star and academic Lorelei Lee cowrote the script, we can assume that the film's portrayal of the cine-erotica industry is accurate. Which simply means that, while totally botching little things like how people speak, act and live in the real world, the film gets at least one thing right.
0
Ah, perfect: A banal story to go with intermittently banal porn.

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