Dirty Girl is an off beat gem that's well worth the bidding war it inspired at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival.
| Original Score: 7.5/10
...l feels like a Hollywood vision of the way the ignorant and unwashed comport themselves. It feels ugly and it made me sad.
| Original Score: 80/100
A funny, poignant if slightly uneven coming-of-age story.
| Original Score: 3/5
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
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.
The movie is all over the place, searching for an identity that proves almost entirely elusive.
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.
| Original Score: 2/5
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
| Original Score: 2.5/5
[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.
| Original Score: D+
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.
It'd be hard to conceive of a movie more painstakingly comprised of dramatic filler.
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.
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.
This is an undeniably clumsy film, but a good heart beats inside its chest and that counts for something.
If your sensibility is pure trashy camp, don't expect anyone not to laugh when you try to be earnest.
| Original Score: 1/4
One can appreciate an artistic effort without actually endorsing it, which may be the most generous approach to Abe Sylvia's frustratingly uneven debut.
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?
Social satire, heartbreaking family drama and a lot of toe-tapping 1980s music attempt to exist in the same space. Watching this movie is like eating a hot fudge sundae and lasagna in alternating bites.
[Sylvia's] attempts at situational humor on the road - including a stripping scene for Dozier as coming-out metaphor - fall embarrassingly flat.
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.