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Holly

Holly (2007)

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63

Average Rating: 6.2/10
Reviews Counted: 24
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 9

Despite some execution problems, Holly remains a realistic and gritty look at child sex slavery.

38

Average Rating: 5.7/10
Critic Reviews: 13
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 8

Despite some execution problems, Holly remains a realistic and gritty look at child sex slavery.

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Set in Cambodia, depicts child prostitution through the non-sexual, complex relationship between Holly, a beautiful 12-year-old Vietnamese girl, and Patrick, an obsessive 40-year-old American stolen artifacts dealer.

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Guy Jacobson, Guy Moshe

Jan 27, 2009

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Ultimately, Holly might have been more effective as a documentary.

November 30, 2007 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Despite its best intentions, Holly never achieves the dramatic clarity it needs to put its human suffering into galvanizing perspective.

November 30, 2007 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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The film's meandering narrative, melodramatic conclusion and underdeveloped characters overshadow the genuinely shocking abuses it condemns.

November 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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Despite a strong performance by Livingston, the film is sunk by sluggish pacing, straight-ahead plotting and an unresolved ending -- not to mention its inability to convince us that anything much can be done about sexual slavery.

November 9, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Post
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Half drama, half social tract, Guy Moshe's feature debut is meant to illustrate the horrors of child prostitution in Southeast Asia. The intentions, unfortunately, are more notable than the execution.

November 9, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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Well-meaning but terminally dull.

November 30, 2007 Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly
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It's realistic enough to admit that there's probably no way to ever completely eradicate an evil for which there seems to be such an eager demand.

November 29, 2007 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Moshe and co-screenwriter Guy Jacobson use their white protagonist not cynically to exploit white guilt, but to excavate it and examine its possibilities and failings with an anthropological eye.

November 25, 2007
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...it's easy to imagine how another director might have felt the need to switch to slo-mo and cue the violins.

November 21, 2007 Full Review Source: New Times
New Times

While Yaron Orbach's camera repeatedly evokes Patrick's na´vetÚ and yearning, the setting also remains resolutely "foreign."

November 14, 2007 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

Gritty and wrenching, Holly is fiction with the heart of an expose.

November 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

A grittily realistic picture of a very unpretty world.

November 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Even if it's the story of a white guy trying to save the day, it's also just a man looking to rescue an innocent girl from a life she never chose.

November 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Metromix.com
Metromix.com

The almost amateur impression of 'Holly' allows for emphasis on what this urgent tale is about, rather than on any neat, packaged film-ness.

November 2, 2007 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
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The dramatization of child sexual slavery comes across more involved in education than entertainment, its tone less melodramatic than what we found in 'Trade.'

October 17, 2007 Full Review Source: Compuserve
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Audience Reviews for Holly

Not bad. Felt very watered down, but still a good movie raising awareness of child prostitution. The young girl who plays 12 year old Holly is very good, as is Ron Livingstone as the man who tries to help her escape.
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