For a movie hellbent on marketing itself as the seedy tale of a small-town tramp, Dirty Girl sure has an odd way of making good on its promise.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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
It's probably appropriate that a film about adolescent identity crises has trouble figuring out what it wants to be.
| Original Score: 5.5/10
...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
Dirty Girl isn't nearly as messy or real or raw as it needs to be -- mostly it's just grubby with shopworn familiarity and glammed up with too many pop songs.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
It'd be hard to conceive of a movie more painstakingly comprised of dramatic filler.
| Original Score: 2/4
Temple does turn what's essentially a magical-hussy role into something more grounded and human. The rest of the cast isn't quite so lucky...
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
If your sensibility is pure trashy camp, don't expect anyone not to laugh when you try to be earnest.
| Original Score: 1/4
[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+
It's difficult to transition from mocking characters to begging for our empathy
The heavy eye shadow, cheesy clothes and stiffly flipped-out hair feel almost too mocking ... rather than serving as stylistic choices that make the characters feel like real people.
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.
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.
A well-meaning, misbegotten frenzy of confused impulses.
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?
[Sylvia's] attempts at situational humor on the road - including a stripping scene for Dozier as coming-out metaphor - fall embarrassingly flat.
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.
What begins as a politically incorrect, Mean Girls-esque satire constantly shifts tone and focus as director Abe Sylvia pursues a style as jumbled as his narrative.
A feeble teenage-outcast movie set in 1987, Dirty Girl exists primarily as a vehicle for first-time writer-director Abe Sylvia's favorite Reagan-era jams.