• R, 1 hr. 30 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Abe Sylvia
    In Theaters:
    Oct 7, 2011 Limited
    On DVD:
    Jan 17, 2012
  • The Weinstein Company


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Dirty Girl Reviews

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Kristal Cooper
We Got This Covered

Dirty Girl is an off beat gem that's well worth the bidding war it inspired at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival.

Full Review Source: We Got This Covered | Original Score: 7.5/10

September 22, 2012
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

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

Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: 80/100

December 21, 2011
Jane Stevenson
Jam! Movies

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

Full Review Source: Jam! Movies | Original Score: 3/5

October 21, 2011
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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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.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

October 21, 2011
Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
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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.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/4

October 20, 2011
John Hartl
Seattle Times
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The movie is all over the place, searching for an identity that proves almost entirely elusive.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2/4

October 20, 2011
Grae Drake

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.

Full Review Source: Movies.com | Original Score: 2/5

October 14, 2011
Bill Gibron

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

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 2.5/5

October 10, 2011
Cole Smithey

[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.

Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: D+

October 9, 2011
Annlee Ellingson
Paste Magazine

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.

Full Review Source: Paste Magazine

October 9, 2011
Robert Levin
Film School Rejects

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

Full Review Source: Film School Rejects | Original Score: 2/4

October 8, 2011
Kurt Loder
Reason Online

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.

Full Review Source: Reason Online

October 7, 2011
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media

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.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 2/5

October 7, 2011
Ethan Alter
Television Without Pity

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

Full Review Source: Television Without Pity

October 7, 2011
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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If your sensibility is pure trashy camp, don't expect anyone not to laugh when you try to be earnest.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1/4

October 7, 2011
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/5

October 7, 2011
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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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?

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2/4

October 7, 2011
Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
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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.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

October 7, 2011
Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
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[Sylvia's] attempts at situational humor on the road - including a stripping scene for Dozier as coming-out metaphor - fall embarrassingly flat.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

October 7, 2011
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine

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.

Full Review Source: Hollywood & Fine

October 7, 2011
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