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Girlfriend (2011)

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Average Rating: 5.1/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 4

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Evan is a young man with Down Syndrome who lives with his mother in a poor, working-class town hit hard by the recent economic recession. When he unexpectedly comes into a large amount of money, Evan uses it to romantically pursue Candy, a girl from town whom he has loved since high school. Candy, now a barely-employed single mom, is facing financial debt, possible eviction, and the inability to rid herself of Russ, her abusive and volatile ex-boyfriend. In no position to turn down Evan's offers

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Drama

Aug 7, 2012

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What begins as an absorbing exercise in glum atmosphere turns mild, meek, and desperate as the stakes rise.

September 29, 2011 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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A modest, uneven example of regional American independent film. But it has tremendous heart and integrity...

July 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Salon.com
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Emotionally manipulative and problematic...

July 15, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Post
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Doesn't miss many clichés of small-town, working-class, going-nowhere life.

July 14, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Implausibilities mount, and by the last act Lerner appears to have lost any compunction he might have had about using his protagonist to tug the audience's heartstrings.

July 12, 2011 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Shooting in his hometown of Wayland, Massachusetts, Lerner has a keen sense of class and setting. And despite some narrative miscues, Sneider's performance keeps him honest.

September 28, 2011 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

It is an affecting and special film, and Justin Lerner emerges from it as a name to remember.

July 17, 2011 Full Review Source: HitFix
HitFix

Despite its somewhat contrived turn of events, Girlfriend manages to be genuinely endearing with beautiful cinematography and a heartfelt, raw performance by newcomer Evan Sneider

July 13, 2011 Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru
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Girlfriend is surprisingly backward not only in the story that entangles its main character, but also in its characterization of women.

July 11, 2011 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Comment (1)
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