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
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.
| Original Score: 3/5
Don't expect to look at a catwalk in quite the same fashion again.
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 scene where Arbaugh actually visits the models' apartment appears as staged as her concern about the place.
| Original Score: 2/4
While Girl Model falls a bit short in the delivery of hard facts and incriminating evidence, it more than makes up for that with its knotty psychological profile of Arbaugh.
A sensible affair, even if its point of view clearly nods towards accusations of exploitation.