Girl Model Reviews

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Violet Lucca
Film Comment Magazine
June 28, 2013
Despite its poor technical quality, Girl Model is a much-needed counterpoint to the irresponsible camp mentality of Toddlers & Tiaras.
Ellen Gray
Philadelphia Daily News
March 22, 2013
A disturbing documentary about a side of the modeling business that's far from super.
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
February 7, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
October 11, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
October 11, 2012
David Redmon and Ashley Sabin's somber, sometimes poetic, Fred Wiseman-like documentary ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Adam Ross
The Aristocrat
September 27, 2012
Surprisingly, this isn't a hatchet job - most of the subjects of Girl Model hang themselves.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
September 20, 2012
Cool, calculated doc is hard to fault, but equally difficult to watch with any detachment.
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
September 13, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media
September 13, 2012
Candid look at a sometimes-frightening industry.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
September 8, 2012
Explores a world that doesn't just appreciate youth. It lusts for it.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
September 6, 2012
Don't expect to look at a catwalk in quite the same fashion again.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 6, 2012
The most memorable part of the film is veteran model-turned-scout Ashley Arbaugh, an unbelievably intriguing nonfiction character.
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Noel Murray
AV Club
September 6, 2012
Those with nothing are seduced by the prospect of something, such that they hesitate to complain, lest they end up with less than nothing.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
September 4, 2012
Filled with blind eyes and unspoken agreements, "Girl Model" opens a can of worms, then disdains to follow their slimy trails.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
September 4, 2012
Make time during Fashion Week for this one.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Michelle Orange
Village Voice
September 4, 2012
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.
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September 4, 2012
An alarming documentary about the trafficking of Russian child models to the Japanese fashion market ...
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
September 4, 2012
A sad and cogent documentary about young girls exploited by the modeling industry.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Elise Nakhnikian
Slant Magazine
September 3, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
April 21, 2012
This is the sort of film that should be mandatory viewing for all governments that have the power to combat such soul-shredding evil.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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