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The Exploding Girl Reviews

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
November 25, 2010
...a mildly watchable showcase for Kazan's undeniably impressive performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Sean Axmaker
Parallax View
September 11, 2010
Bradley Rust Gray's film of a young college student (Zoe Kazan) home for the summer is a portrait in interlude.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
September 10, 2010
Kazan has a power of her own that is as strong as or stronger than the film's style, and she can carry a scene all by herself, even if the camera is merely watching her walk down the street.
Mike Russell
May 20, 2010
Kazan has a gift for letting you see her think, even when she's perfectly still; the film's title refers to the ferocious trauma happening between Ivy's ears and her silent struggle to keep it in check.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Kimberley Jones
Austin Chronicle
May 14, 2010
Restless audiences may itch for more plot, for the kind of fiery dramatics that typify young love in the movies, but hold the explosives: There's tender drama, too, in the possibilities of a hand-hold.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James Verniere
Boston Herald
May 6, 2010
"The Exploding Girl" can be grouped with those dreaded "mumblecore" movies in which young people talk endlessly about their romantic entanglements and attend terrible parties.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
May 6, 2010
The Exploding Girl is a film about the deceptiveness of surfaces, and it takes place in a small town that you eventually realize with a start is actually New York City.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Zak Jason
Boston Phoenix
May 5, 2010
At least director Bradley Rust Grey contains all this diverting dithering in 80 minutes -- even without an explosion, there's intrigue in watching a short fuse burn.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 27, 2010
This is a mature story about the lives of two young people (and one voice) that kept my attention from start to finish.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 26, 2010
...a lovely, languorous film that does much with little and leaves you feeling like you've witnessed some minor miracle.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
April 23, 2010
Gray's limpid compositions draw plangent stillness from urban darkness, counterpointing but not unbalancing his actors' understated naturalism.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 15, 2010
The Exploding Girl is a character study of one young woman - and of an entire generation struggling to maintain external maturity despite internal regression.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Janos Gereben
Entertainment Insiders
April 15, 2010
The Exploding Girl isn't a particularly plot driven film, but it has momentum, an undercurrent that tugs you along.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
April 1, 2010
Sometimes a carefully placed pinprick can stay with you longer than a heavier, clumsier blow, and so it is with Bradley Rust Gray's delicately done but indelible The Exploding Girl.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
April 1, 2010
A Zen-like experience of watchful compassion in deliberately challenging circumstances: trying to see and hear, without leaping to conclusions, the gathering troubles of a young woman living in hectic circles and with increasing self-absorption.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Annlee Ellingson
Moving Pictures Magazine
March 31, 2010
Sit with it a while %u2014 which isn't hard when you're watching Kazan. The cumulative effect is powerful. You begin to feel for her even though you haven't even met.
Pete Hammond
Back Stage
March 27, 2010
Indie down to its core , this dreary film fails to engage on many levels. The camera work is nice though, particularly when it's focused on pigeons.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Dan Kois
Washington Post
March 26, 2010
Viewers willing to slow down their cinematic metabolism enough to watch The Exploding Girl at its own pace will find their patience rewarded by moments of great beauty...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
March 24, 2010
Gray has an artful, understated way of conveying what's going 
on inside, often simply by focusing his camera on Kazan. And the actress has a unique capacity for projecting the complexity of feminine stillness.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Jesse Hassenger
March 18, 2010
As a feature, it's slight; as a mood sustained by Kazan and Gray, it's impressive and occasionally spellbinding.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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