The Dead Girl Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
September 14, 2010

A dreary Chick Flick serial killer film, that puts a human face on the vic as it focuses on all the women affected by the serial killer.

Full Review | Original Score: B-
Heather Huntington
August 26, 2008

The tone is fittingly dark, the writing impressively poetic, and the performances excellent absolutely across the board.

Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
December 14, 2007

The masterful film, which was also released on DVD this week, sends shivers up your spine and devastates you five times over, then has you longing to wipe the sweat off your brow and start watching all over again.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
IGN Movies
June 25, 2007

The Dead Girl segues from one turgidly-paced, soul-crushing sequence to another with very little reason to continue watching.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
June 15, 2007

Intriguing and unpredictable, this multi-layered film delivers a profound ripple effect as it explores the complexities of anger, grief, denial and retribution

Ted Murphy
Murphy's Movie Reviews
May 7, 2007

THE DEAD GIRL provides several of terrific actresses with meaty roles and for that reason alone (let alone Moncrieff's fluid direction and solid, if uneven, scripting) it deserves to find an audience.

Full Review | Original Score: B
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
May 3, 2007

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Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies
April 26, 2007

Unblinking and critical about female-rooted and female-specific concerns.

Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Cynthia Fuchs
April 1, 2007

s she stands, so perversely resistant and so utterly naked, Ruth embodies the grief and torment of being a live girl.

Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic
March 22, 2007

Karen Moncrieff's previous film, the shallow and pretentious Blue Car, in no way prepares you for this superbly acted, emotionally acute picture.

Full Review | Original Score: B
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies
March 21, 2007

With The Dead Girl, this technique of breaking the narrative apart and then piecing it back together has led to a sort of narrative vacuum at its center -- an empty hole where a thing called exposition would typically reside.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
March 16, 2007

The five-story format is intriguing, the performances first rate, and a couple of the stories, particularly those involving Collette, Harden and Washington, are moving.

Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
Top Critic
March 16, 2007

Those who pass on The Dead Girl are missing something. Moncrieff has assembled a remarkable (and mostly female) cast, and there are moments in this film that are as powerful as anything currently in theaters.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
March 15, 2007

The stories don't exactly add up to anything you can put your finger on, but they're absorbing as they're happening, and director Karen Moncrieff has a smooth, sure visual style.

Full Review | Original Score: B
Carla Meyer
Sacramento Bee
March 9, 2007

Growing less lurid and more poignant as it builds its story through a series of linked vignettes, this film by Karen Moncrieff provides a showcase for its predominantly female cast.

| Original Score: 3/4
Eric D. Snider
March 7, 2007

Some chapters are more useful than others, but I'm not sure you could omit any of them, either, as each stroke provides a color that contributes to the overall picture.

Full Review | Original Score: B
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
March 5, 2007

Five stories compose the heart of "The Dead Girl," Karen Moncreiff's disturbing new drama that's so unsettling, it likely will leave those who see it in an unqualified funk.

Full Review | Original Score: A-
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
Top Critic
March 2, 2007

Moncrieff never gets melodramatic with subject matter that easily could have been; she won't make you feel good, but she will make you feel.

Shawn Levy
March 2, 2007

Moncrieff manages to get beneath the skin of several of these characters, a nifty trick considering what a crowded world she's created. In all, it's a grueling, emotionally taxing, discomfiting film.

Full Review | Original Score: B
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic
February 23, 2007

All Screams aside, movies about serial killing are rarely chipper affairs. But few are as glum as The Dead Girl.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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