Despite its poor technical quality, Girl Model is a much-needed counterpoint to the irresponsible camp mentality of Toddlers & Tiaras.
A disturbing documentary about a side of the modeling business that's far from super.
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.
| Original Score: B+
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
David Redmon and Ashley Sabin's somber, sometimes poetic, Fred Wiseman-like documentary ...
| Original Score: 3/4
Surprisingly, this isn't a hatchet job - most of the subjects of Girl Model hang themselves.
| Original Score: 3/5
Cool, calculated doc is hard to fault, but equally difficult to watch with any detachment.
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.
Candid look at a sometimes-frightening industry.
Explores a world that doesn't just appreciate youth. It lusts for it.
Don't expect to look at a catwalk in quite the same fashion again.
The most memorable part of the film is veteran model-turned-scout Ashley Arbaugh, an unbelievably intriguing nonfiction character.
Those with nothing are seduced by the prospect of something, such that they hesitate to complain, lest they end up with less than nothing.
Filled with blind eyes and unspoken agreements, "Girl Model" opens a can of worms, then disdains to follow their slimy trails.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Make time during Fashion Week for this one.
| Original Score: 4/5
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.
An alarming documentary about the trafficking of Russian child models to the Japanese fashion market ...
A sad and cogent documentary about young girls exploited by the modeling industry.
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
This is the sort of film that should be mandatory viewing for all governments that have the power to combat such soul-shredding evil.