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Dirty Girl (2011)



Average Rating: 4.4/10
Critic Reviews: 19
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 17

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Dirty Girl is the story of Danielle (Juno Temple), the dirty girl of Norman High School in Norman, Oklahoma, circa 1987. When Danielle's misbehavior gets her banished to a remedial class, she is paired on a parenting project with Clarke (Jeremy Dozier), an innocent closet-case with no friends. Danielle is determined to get to California to find the father she's never met, and Clarke is desperate to escape being sent to military school by his homophobic dad. Together, the mismatched misfits light


Drama, Comedy

Abe Sylvia

Jan 17, 2012


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All Critics (37) | Top Critics (19) | Fresh (10) | Rotten (27) | DVD (5)

Dirty Girl isn't. Sorry, but it's just faux grime, a thin layer of bad behaviour that wipes clean with a two-ply tissue to reveal the real movie beneath - all shiny sentimentality.

October 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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Dirty Girl broadcasts its intent to be edgy and subversive - poking fun throughout at small-town, conservative attitudes toward sex and morality - without ever achieving subversion.

October 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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The movie is all over the place, searching for an identity that proves almost entirely elusive.

October 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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If your sensibility is pure trashy camp, don't expect anyone not to laugh when you try to be earnest.

October 7, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Post
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One can appreciate an artistic effort without actually endorsing it, which may be the most generous approach to Abe Sylvia's frustratingly uneven debut.

October 7, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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Undoubtedly this movie means something to its director and screenwriter - a former dancer making his feature-film debut. So why didn't he put more care into the period?

October 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
Newark Star-Ledger
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Dirty Girl is an off beat gem that's well worth the bidding war it inspired at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival.

September 22, 2012 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

...l feels like a Hollywood vision of the way the ignorant and unwashed comport themselves. It feels ugly and it made me sad.

December 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

A funny, poignant if slightly uneven coming-of-age story.

October 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

The film rolls downhill to Serious Town when Danielle finds her father, and although the performers are equipped to handle it, it gets more heavy-handed as it winds to a close.

October 14, 2011 Full Review Source:

if you can't quite get behind a defiant diva and her queer companion, you'll find every moment of this motion picture a chore

October 10, 2011 Full Review Source:

[VIDEO] "Dirty Girl" is such an inept attempt at abstinence propaganda that it should have the opposite effect on teen girls chomping at the bit.

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Enjoyable to a fault, Dirty Girl struggles at times with tone, unable to find an effective balance between scenes that border on farce and those with weightier themes.

October 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

It'd be hard to conceive of a movie more painstakingly comprised of dramatic filler.

October 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Film School Rejects
Film School Rejects

There's one scene in the film, keyed to the heartbreak anthem "Don't Cry Out Loud," that struck me as rocketing over the top and into the glitter stratosphere. I got over it, though.

October 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Reason Online
Reason Online

Dirty Girl is much more fun when Danielle is behaving badly. Unfortunately, that only lasts about 20 minutes, and as soon as she befriends Clarke -- an unlikely situation in itself -- the fun ends.

October 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

This is an undeniably clumsy film, but a good heart beats inside its chest and that counts for something.

October 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Television Without Pity
Television Without Pity

With luck, Temple will be able to get this movie expunged from her filmography, like a juvenile offense that is wiped from one's record when she comes of age.

October 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Hollywood & Fine
Hollywood & Fine

Audience Reviews for Dirty Girl

A teenager and her gay friend hit the road to search for the girl's estranged father.
About every road trip cliche is combined with every gay best friend cliche is combined with every estranged teenager cliche. There's nothing original about this film's plot or execution. As tepid as it is, it doesn't offend one's sensibilities with cliche-piling, but that's about the best that can be said of it.
Juno Temple is charming and sometimes funny (even if her accent is nothing like what I heard in Norman), and Jeremy Dozier gives a strong performance in his film debut.
Overall, Dirty Girl is pretty boring, but it's pro-gay, post-sexual revolution sensibilities made me not mind it as much as I should have.
June 13, 2013
Jim Hunter

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Dirty Girl was a fun small Indie flick. I really enjoyed myself watching this movie. The characters are loud and vulgar and I liked it. I'm a sucker for a road-trip flick. The film does deal with some heavy situations and the film makes no light of it, even if it is considered a comedy. Juno Temple is great in this movie. I loved her character Danielle. Her side-kick on this road trip, Clarke, played by newbie Jeremy Dozier, was just as great in this film. I really loved both of their characters. They definitely have to be two of my favorite characters I've seen on screen lately. The film also had a great supporting cast with the likes of Mary Steenburgen, who plays the yes wife. In other words does whatever her husband tells her to right down to how she should act and feel. Milla Jovovich plays Sue-Anne, another yes mother who lets her daughter run all over her. William H. Macy does well in his role as the new Morman boyfriend of Sue-Ann. Last but not least, Dwight Yoakam plays Clarkes overbearing, small minded, abusive, douche of a father. Great performanes by all. I really loved the movie. It's got a great mix of comedy and drama. Best of all, besides the performances and the film itself, was the music. The film has one of THE best soundtracks. I really enjoyed the movie, and I can't wait to see it again.
April 30, 2013

Super Reviewer

Let them talk.

Good movie! This movie offered a bit of everything. Humor, emotions, feel-good and even some awkward moments. In many ways Dirty Girl is funny, charming, delightful, and satisfying. In many ways it's dark, sad, depressing, and begging to be loved. We have two insecure characters that go about their insecurity in totally different ways. One, giving herself up to anyone and everyone, and the other just sitting by idly in high school taking the hatred from his peers and probably his classmates. It's a sad world after all. Eventually it is a true feel-good movie with a nice but somewhat cliché plot. To end all this, I'm really taking my hat off for the acting.

A comedic story of the search for identity and the redemptive power of unexpected friendship. Danielle is the dirty girl of Norman High School. When Danielle's misbehavior gets her banished to special ed, she teams up with an innocent closet-case and together they head out on a road trip to discover each other and themselves through a funny and serendipitous friendship.
April 15, 2013
Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

Loved it. Movie set in the 80's dealing with a "troubled" girl and her gay best friend. Some sad moments, but overall a nice little movie.
November 17, 2012

Super Reviewer

    1. Clarke: You ever try magic fingers?
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    1. Sue-Ann: I'm a shitty mother.
    2. Peggy: Join the club.
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    1. Peggy: My son has run off with your daughter!
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    1. Danielle: Mister, you don't know who you're dealin' with!
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    1. Principal Mulray: Nobody likes a dirty girl.
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    1. Mrs. Hatcher: Today, we are gonna start a project that will teach us parenthood is no joke.
    2. Mrs. Hatcher: Is that right, Sabrina?
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