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Girl Model (2012)

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Average Rating: 6/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 2

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Told through the eyes of a 13-year-old Siberian girl and the American scout who discovered her, Girl Model follows a complex global supply chain of young girls sent abroad to seek their fortunes in the unregulated and often murky world of the modeling industry. -- (C) Official Site

Feb 11, 2013

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A powerful documentary that, with a wider scope and a bit more shaping, could have been even more powerful, perhaps unbearably so. What's there is strong enough.

October 11, 2012 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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The nonaggressive approach can be frustrating, but it nonetheless gets under the skin-deep promises of glamour and wealth that lure a seemingly endless stream of very young hopefuls.

September 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Don't expect to look at a catwalk in quite the same fashion again.

September 6, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News
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Filled with blind eyes and unspoken agreements, "Girl Model" opens a can of worms, then disdains to follow their slimy trails.

September 4, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Make time during Fashion Week for this one.

September 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
Time Out New York
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The radiant sadness of its two subjects-one a soulfully impassive stripling, one a symmetrical husk-forms the center of Girl Model, and that is enough.

September 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Despite its poor technical quality, Girl Model is a much-needed counterpoint to the irresponsible camp mentality of Toddlers & Tiaras.

June 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine
Film Comment Magazine

A disturbing documentary about a side of the modeling business that's far from super.

March 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Daily News

A vivid and surprisingly emotive exploration of fashion modeling and the refracted reality and cost of the economic opportunities it presents for prepubescent Eastern European girls in particular.

February 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Shared Darkness
Shared Darkness

David Redmon and Ashley Sabin's somber, sometimes poetic, Fred Wiseman-like documentary ...

October 11, 2012 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

Surprisingly, this isn't a hatchet job - most of the subjects of Girl Model hang themselves.

September 27, 2012 Full Review Source: The Aristocrat
The Aristocrat

Cool, calculated doc is hard to fault, but equally difficult to watch with any detachment.

September 20, 2012 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

Candid look at a sometimes-frightening industry.

September 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Explores a world that doesn't just appreciate youth. It lusts for it.

September 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

The most memorable part of the film is veteran model-turned-scout Ashley Arbaugh, an unbelievably intriguing nonfiction character.

September 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Movies.com

Those with nothing are seduced by the prospect of something, such that they hesitate to complain, lest they end up with less than nothing.

September 6, 2012 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

A sad and cogent documentary about young girls exploited by the modeling industry.

September 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

The doc makes you wonder about every beautiful woman who's ever stared out from a publication, poster, or billboard, looking sophisticated and self-assured.

September 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Comment (1)
Slant Magazine

This is the sort of film that should be mandatory viewing for all governments that have the power to combat such soul-shredding evil.

April 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
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