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The Exploding Girl Reviews

Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/5

November 17, 2011
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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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 Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 6, 2010
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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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 Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3/4

April 15, 2010
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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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 Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

April 1, 2010
Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
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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 Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

April 1, 2010
Dan Kois
Washington Post
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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 Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 3/4

March 26, 2010
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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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 Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B+

March 24, 2010
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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This is another dreary collaboration by husband-wife team Bradley Rust Gray and So Yong Kim, who have no idea what to do with a simple narrative.

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

March 17, 2010
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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This quietly poetic little gem contains many beautiful things, not least of which is leading lady Zoe Kazan, who lets every scene billow and swirl around her effortlessly.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 4/4

March 16, 2010
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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Mr. Gray's achievement -- and Ms. Kazan's, too -- is to make you care enough about Ivy to be curious about her. But The Exploding Girl can also make you feel bad about wishing that she were just a little more interesting.

| Original Score: 2.5/5

March 12, 2010
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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Those who can hang on through the mumblecore-ish narrative languor of the nicely photographed The Exploding Girl will savor a very talented actress' sensitive portrait of youthful awkwardness.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 12, 2010
Noel Murray
AV Club
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Like any good B-side, The Exploding Girl is engaging but rough, lacking the kind of polish that would make it a hit.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B

March 11, 2010
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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The Exploding Girl plunges us deep into the wide eyes of its up-and-coming star, who almost certainly won't find a better vehicle for her quiet, cherubic charms.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 4/5

March 10, 2010
Karina Longworth
Village Voice
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Avoiding allegorical clichés, Gray turns the frustrations of epilepsy into an effective metaphor for non-epileptic youthful paralysis, and the inevitable "explosion" into the culmination of all those growing pains

Full Review Source: Village Voice

March 9, 2010
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