The Dead Girl Reviews

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Variety
February 23, 2012
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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.
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
February 16, 2007
Murphy, devouring a bad girl role to go with her image, makes her the most alive person in what is most certainly not your typical Hollywood serial killer movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
February 9, 2007
It must be said that The Dead Girl is a film of considerable integrity. But before that, something else must be said: That's about as unappetizing an opening to a film as can be imagined.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Teresa Budasi
Chicago Sun-Times
February 9, 2007
The use of multiple plots can be a dangerous exercise if not skillfully executed, making viewers feel cheated and wanting more, but Moncrieff works it out, ably shifting from one story to the next and keeping us satisfied with the open-ended outcomes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
February 8, 2007
A stern account of how the brutal murder of a young woman affects an array of far-flung characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
January 27, 2007
Seeing multiple responses to a sexually motivated murder allows us to reconsider our understanding of sex crimes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
January 19, 2007
The Dead Girl has such a glacial pace, and with such tonal monotony -- most of the first 20 minutes are either grim, in the dark or both -- that audiences will follow at their peril.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
January 17, 2007
Ms. Moncrieff's ambitious second film is a bit of a disappointment after the promise shown in her more tightly structured debut effort, Blue Car.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
January 10, 2007
Moncrieff (Blue Car) pushes a view of women as victims that might create its own pornography of masochism if it didn't touch so many authentic shattered nerve endings.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Jim Ridley
L.A. Weekly
January 4, 2007
The truncated stories force the actors to start at a high pitch and keep going, but they -- and the director -- work wonders at low volume.
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
December 29, 2006
Works like a package of crisp, individual psychological profiles of the women whose already troubled lives are disrupted by the murder.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
December 29, 2006
If the segments are uneven, Moncrieff -- with the help of her excellent cast -- nevertheless crafts a gripping overall narrative that exposes a shared dissonance among the protagonists.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
December 29, 2006
Occasionally the movie manages to achieve a real sadness, but some story lines are forced.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
December 29, 2006
Messy and melodramatic, then quiet and contained -- The Dead Girl is definitely unpredictable. But then so is life. And [director Karen] Moncrieff gives us five fat slices of it here, all full of painful color and inconvenient drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
December 29, 2006
The relentless emotional violence in this film, a compendium of five vignettes related to a young woman whose corpse is discovered on a hillside, is of a level rarely found in movies.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Jim Ridley
Village Voice
December 28, 2006
The chief problem with The Dead Girl, as with most current multipart films, is that the truncated stories don't give actors much room to develop a part. They're on-screen for such a short time that they act furiously from the get-go.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
December 27, 2006
There's no mistaking the integrity and craft on display here, and the writing and direction are too smart to dismiss The Dead Girl as victimology or man-hating.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
December 26, 2006
Yes, it's dark, depressing material, but watching the film isn't. Because you're seeing such talent at work there.
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Robert Koehler
Variety
November 20, 2006
Pic's weak ending demonstrates that its multi-narrative strategy, though full of cinematic potential, also holds traps for a film's overall impact.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
November 7, 2006
Moncrieff chooses to scrutinize highly unpleasant material but, fortunately, she never takes an exploitative or sensationalistic approach. The movie has its integrity.