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Factory Girl (2006)

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19

Average Rating: 4.7/10
Reviews Counted: 112
Fresh: 21 | Rotten: 91

Despite a dedicated performance by Sienna Miller, Factory Girl delves only superficially into her character, and ultimately fails to tell a coherent story.

13

Average Rating: 4.4/10
Critic Reviews: 40
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 35

Despite a dedicated performance by Sienna Miller, Factory Girl delves only superficially into her character, and ultimately fails to tell a coherent story.

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The true story of one woman's brief and ultimately tragic flirtation with fame in the 1960s provides the basis for this biographical drama. In 1943, Edie Sedgwick (Sienna Miller) was born to a wealthy and socially prominent family, and she grew up with beauty and money, but also a history of mental illness; she was hospitalized with an eating disorder in her late teens, and by the time she was 21, two of her seven siblings had died before their time. In 1964, Edie moved to New York City, and

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Captain Mauzner, Aaron Richard Golub

Jul 17, 2007

$1.6M

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One wonders whether the documentary format would have better served the material than this ill-focused drama. Since real-life family and observers chime in over the end credits, perhaps the filmmakers were thinking the same thing.

March 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out
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I think Sienna Miller does a really nice job of capturing Edie Sedgwick, who really was the fore-runner to Paris Hilton and a lot of other people who are just famous for being famous.

February 20, 2007
Ebert & Roeper
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It's a movie without that emotional spark that lets us connect with her, or anybody else.

February 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
Orlando Sentinel
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When Sedgwick's whirl of liberation turns into addiction, clichés stall the plot.

February 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
Houston Chronicle
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Sedgwick's death seems as predestined as a Hollywood melodrama.

February 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press
Detroit Free Press
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You feel as if either you or the filmmakers have missed the point, if there ever actually was one.

February 16, 2007
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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Far less insight than the flattest of E! True Hollywood Story segments

August 27, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

In Factory Girl, a jumbled account of the short life and photogenic hard times of the first Andy Warhol superstar, Edie Sedgwick, Sienna Miller makes Sedgwick into an archetypal over-confident blond with a mannered young Kathleen Turner croak.

November 6, 2008 Full Review Source: House Next Door
House Next Door

Summing up a complex human being in two hours is like an MTV spot about Nelson Mandela cut to a Kanye West track. We don't really get to know Sedgwick at all.

May 2, 2008 Full Review Source: CinemaBlend.com
CinemaBlend.com

True story of drugs and sex is for adults only.

October 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

As a bio-pic, Factory Girl is limited, but as a snapshot of Sedgwick and Warhol's fiery relationship, there is much to fascinate us.

August 11, 2007 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Factory Girl is an effective evocation of a particular slice of recent history. The film benefits from Miller's turn as Edie, an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink performance that takes the poor girl from the heights and highs of fame to the depths and doom

June 25, 2007 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

les écrits de Mauzner n'arrivent malheureusement pas à rendre justice, voire même à ajouter le moindre commentaire critique, à leur source d'inspiration

April 20, 2007 Full Review Source: Panorama

Spoilt, rich, posh, vacuous and fame-obsessed - who better to play Edie Sedgwick? If she's acting or not, Miller is brilliant. Just a shame the film is so shallow too.

March 30, 2007 Full Review Source: thelondonpaper
thelondonpaper

Edie Sedgwick's story is sad, but never appears important or interesting.

March 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

It's Sienna Miller's star that shines brightest in this heartbreaking cautionary tale.

March 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Sun Online
Sun Online

Miller is a genuine surprise as the damaged star. But the film leaves her very much as it finds her: a clueless naive.

March 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

Sienna Miller brings bright eyes and shapeshifting commitment to a script that doesn't always deserve it.

March 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK]
Daily Mail [UK]

Sienna Miller guarantees herself a bit more than 15 minutes with a strong performance in an otherwise dazed and confused film.

March 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Kudos to Miller for her touching portrayal of a doomed icon. A shame the film's as substantial as one of Warhol's silver flotations.

March 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

There's no real need for Factory Girl; just go pick up that copy of Heat.

March 16, 2007
Little White Lies

In all it's an unconvincing portrait, and as the Dylan clone says, "Empty, like one of those cans of soup..."

March 16, 2007 Full Review Source: BBC

Sienna Miller is perfectly cast but the script barely scratches the surface and you never really get inside any of the characters.

March 15, 2007 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

A brave bid to recreate a modern American tragedy, with a revelatory turn by its lead actress.

March 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

For some real insight into the sad demise of "Susan Superstar" read Jean Stein's eye-opening Edie: American Girl, or rent Ciao! Manhattan instead.

March 3, 2007 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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Audience Reviews for Factory Girl

Factory Girl is a decent film on the life of Edie Sedgwick and her work with Andy Warhol. The film should have been better considering the subject, but for what it is, it's a watchable film, but it's a film that should have been much better than what it ended up being. Guy Pearce is quite good in his performance of Andy Warhol, and his chemistry with actress Sienna Miller is really what makes this film watchable. The film should have been better, but as it is, it's n underdeveloped picture that doesn't realize its potential. Luckily, the two lead actors are great, and they make up for the lacking story. If the film was longer and the script would have been better, then Factory Girl would have been a standout film, but as it is, it's an inaccurate portrait of the two, and it doesn't tell the real story. I somewhat liked the film, but it's not a film that I would rewatch again. Factory Girl is simply a decent film that has too many imperfections for me to recommend it. Guy Pearce is very good here, but it's not one of his standout performances. Factory Girl deserved to be better, and it should have been more accurate than what the film turned out to be. I feel that the filmmakers rushed the film and they didn't give the story its just do. Luckily Sienna Miller and Guy Pearce keep you involved from start to finish. This film is just one of those movies that starts off with a promising start, but can't conclude in a satisfying way, and you are left wanting more out of the film, especially considering that Sedgwick was an influential actress in many of Warhol's shorts.
November 25, 2013
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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Is it possible ? A movie full of flaws, that still touches you, that still breakes you ? For me, Factory Girl proved it.
Guy Pearce was perfect as Andy Warhol, while Sienna Miller did a good job. Hayden Christensen played well Bob Dylan (under another name because it is still not sure Eddie had an affair with him).
There was something wrong with the direction and the screenplay, but yet both surprisingly great.
There are way many movies showing imposant figures falling from high, but the beautiful Factory Girl really joined me, and I undeniably fell in love with this film.
Every single person sould find something to love in this movie.
January 9, 2012
emilebond007

Super Reviewer

Edie Sedgwick becomes the 1960s version of Paris Hilton, famous for her association to achievement and her downfall.
The highlights of this film are the performances by Sienna Miller and Guy Pearce who are remarkably believable as Sedgwick and Andy Warhol. In fact, Pearce's performance frequently reminded me of Phillip Seymour Hoffman's Oscar-winning turn in Capote, and Miller embodied the tragic beauty of Angelina Jolie's Golden Globe-winner in Gia. Without a doubt, they are the only aspects of this film that keep it from falling into a morass of montage-ridden, depressing display of frenetic camerawork.
I've read from multiple sources that Factory Girl has numerous factual errors. The Village Voice called it "Edie Sedgwick for Dummies," and Bob Dylan threatened to sue the film for defamation resulting in Hayden Christensen's character being called "Billy Quinn" instead of Dylan.
By the end of the film, I didn't think I learned anything true. The articles I read about Sedgwick and Warhol helped me understand them as people more than the film, and I can only wish that Hollywood screenwriters would trust in the realization that sometimes real life is more interesting than what they could make up.
Overall, see this film for Miller and Pearce, then do your research.
April 3, 2011
hunterjt13
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

this move is about the life of edie sedgwick, andy warhol's muse. poor little rich girl.. she lived hard and fast. then just like that she was gone at 28 years old. it was good movie, but heartbreaking.
July 6, 2010
theylovealexis

Super Reviewer

    1. Andy Warhol: Every teenage girl wants to look like you, Edie.
    – Submitted by Chris G (22 months ago)
    1. Edie Sedgwick: Your movies have made a fool out of me!
    – Submitted by Chris G (22 months ago)
    1. Billy Quinn Musician: This is where you paint your cans of beans, or whatever?
    – Submitted by Chris G (22 months ago)
    1. Billy Quinn Musician: You're a prop to him, you're disposable! Baby, he's gonna kill you!
    2. Edie Sedgwick: I can't hate him!
    – Submitted by Chris G (22 months ago)
    1. Interviewer: Some say your work is pornographic.
    2. Andy Warhol: Isn't that great?
    – Submitted by Chris G (22 months ago)
    1. Billy Quinn Musician: Whole world's burnin' up and this guy's guys outta garbage.
    – Submitted by Chris G (22 months ago)
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