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The Girl

The Girl (2012)

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60

Average Rating: 6/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 4

No consensus yet.

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88

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User Ratings: 239

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Movie Info

Director Julian Jarrold (Red Riding: 1974) teams with screenwriter Gwyneth Hughes (Five Days) to explore the relationship between legendary director Alfred Hitchcock (Toby Jones) and actress Tippi Hedren (Sienna Miller) during the production of The Birds and Marnie. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

PG-13,

Drama

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All Critics (20) | Top Critics (10) | Fresh (9) | Rotten (11)

There's little forward momentum in The Girl. It's just the dramatization of one humiliation after another.

October 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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You need to know that Hitchcock was a real-life Famous Artist in order for the drama, not to say the creepiness, to fully take effect. Otherwise, this is just the story of a sadistic sad old man and the young woman who escapes his clutches.

October 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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Miller's Hedren is cool, distant, humorless, whiny and reproving. She's the perfect block of ice.

October 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Newsday
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[Jones] is spectacular.

October 22, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Post
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The Girl may make movie lovers want to screen The Birds and Marnie again, perhaps seeing Hedren's performances in a new light through the eyes of the obsessed director.

October 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Denver Post
Denver Post
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If you approach The Girl as a sliver, and don't expect a full serving, you are more apt to appreciate it.

October 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Comment (1)
Boston Globe
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Doesn't quite manage to portray Hitchcock as masterfully as past biography films, but it's at least a more internal look at Hitchcock's obsession with the blonde.

December 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

[Toby Jones is] the best thing about the project to an almost laughable degree, for it is a nearly complete failure of dramaturgy, filmmaking, and acting.

November 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

Sexual harassment all dressed up and nowhere to go.

November 26, 2012 Full Review Source: Yahoo! Movies
Yahoo! Movies

Certainly explores an enticing tale of obsession and revenge, but it seldom trusts the inherent horror of it all, preferring to spell out jealousies and malicious behavior to a point where fact unfortunately resembles fiction.

November 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Blu-ray.com
Blu-ray.com

It looks gorgeous, with lush production values and gorgeous cinematography, but there's a strange inertness at the film's core.

October 22, 2012 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

It's well-written and well-directed in terms of historical accuracy and the performances certainly aren't bad but the film never finds a strong creative justification to exist.

October 22, 2012 Full Review Source: HollywoodChicago.com
HollywoodChicago.com

Because of stars Jones and Sienna Miller, there are reasons to watch The Girl, but the one-dimensional approach defeats any chance that any serious film fan will revise their opinions on much of anything.

October 22, 2012 Full Review Source: HitFix
HitFix

It's more exhausting than entertaining, unfortunately.

October 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

It's not clear why this story warranted a movie. It's a small character study about a large man who comes off as a terrorizing buffoon.

October 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

This is Hedren's film, told through her eyes, and in spite of all the glamorous costumes and set pieces, it succeeds at being a thoroughly harrowing exposť of Hollywood patriarchy run amok.

October 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Audience Reviews for The Girl

In this year's London Olympics opening ceremony, there was one glaring omission from the list of influential Brits, Alfred Hitchcock. Many in the British media have never forgiven the director for leaving for Hollywood and this continues with Julian Jarold's film, co-produced by the BBC and HBO. It tells the tale of Hitch's obsessive relationship with actress Tippi Hedren (Sienna Miller) and isn't so much a movie as a character assassination. Many facts are liberally manipulated in order to make Hitch (Toby Jones) seem more of a cartoon villain. Most laughable is a recreation of Hedren's screen test, the tone of which couldn't be more different than the real footage (available to view as an extra on "The Birds" DVD). This is basically the story of an old man who tried it on with a pretty young actress and failed. It's this failure that allows for such a tawdry cheap shot. Had he been successful there would be no story. Where's the movie denigrating Warren Beatty for his manipulation of young women? There is none because if you're handsome you can be as randy as you want, just look at JFK. The message of this film boils down to image fascism. How dare a fat, ugly man try it on with a beautiful woman, don't these unattractive people know their place? On the positive side, this piece of garbage will be forgotten about quickly whereas Hitchcock's legacy will persevere forever.
October 26, 2012
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I like films about film-making ('The Bad and the Beautiful' is one of my favourites and I've always enjoyed 'RKO 281') and it is fun seeing how they recreat some of the shots and scenes from 'The Birds' and 'Marnie'. On top of this you have a great performance from Jones as Hitchcock. However I wasn't a fan of the one-sided story and the way Hitchcock the sadist and lecher was presented rather than the great film-maker. I can't bring myself to believe that he was as terrible and pathetic as this film makes out and it'd no surprise to learn that Hedren had a big say in the making of the film. Take the whole thing with a huge pinch of salt and enjoy the period feel but don't accept this as actual fact.
November 29, 2012
David Sayers

Super Reviewer

Didn't really care for the story or how it was told. But, Toby Jones is fantastic as Alfred Hitchcock.
November 19, 2012
Jason Reneau

Super Reviewer

I'm a sucker for movies about the making of movies. Also, the idea of Hitchcock's obsession with blondes and Tippi Hedron intrigued me. Worth a watch, but it might ruin your impression of the master of thrillers.
October 24, 2012
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