Some Girl(s) Reviews

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Sean Burns
Metro
May 5, 2015
More canned misanthropy from Neil LaBute. Cut-rate Carnal Knowledge.
Jack Giroux
Film School Rejects
August 11, 2014
LaBute's writing is quick and sharp, as usual.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Don Simpson
Film Threat
May 19, 2014
Penned by the incomparable Neil LaBute, Some Girl(s) is theatrical and contrived; to some, it might achieve some rather off-putting extremes of hyper-reality.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Courtney Duckworth
Film Comment Magazine
November 4, 2013
The weight of dull clichés only makes the stilted dialogue harder to stomach.
Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film
August 19, 2013
Adam Brody keeps the unnamed protagonist distant, strangely blank, as if part of his problem is his lack of any real personality of his own, prompting him to parasitise the charismatic women he meets and try to substitute scandalous behaviour for depth.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rich Cline
Contactmusic.com
July 25, 2013
Neil LaBute adapts his bracingly astute play into a series of scenes that make us question how men and women ever come together to make a relationship work.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
July 22, 2013
The film can't shake its repetitive structure and stagebound roots.
Rodrigo Perez
The Playlist
June 30, 2013
What once were searing treatises on men, women, relationships and the various toxicities that exist between selfish, shitty, desperate characters, appear -- much like the film's protagonist -- just a little sad and pathetic.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Katherine Monk
Canada.com
June 28, 2013
Neil LaBute may be the bravest writer currently working in motion pictures because he writes male characters who are undeniably loathsome.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Sara Stewart
New York Post
June 28, 2013
Attains the occasional moment of clarity, but ultimately has neither the dramatic heft nor the anchoring talent to justify an hour and a half in the company of a boring sociopath.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
June 27, 2013
There are a lot of truthful notes in "Some Girl(s)," but there are also false ones that let you know that you are being played with. You'd best beware.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Mike McGranaghan
Film Racket
June 27, 2013
Some Girl(s) is engaging because of the fierce, uncompromising nature of the dialogue, as well as the first-rate performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com
June 27, 2013
Loaded with dark thoughts and agitation, making an excellent transition to the big screen courtesy of director Daisy von Scherler Mayer, who confidently retains LaBute's acid splash.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
June 27, 2013
Mayer does little to open up LaBute's original play, and the staginess often feels oppressive. The performances are mixed, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Amy Nicholson
Los Angeles Times
June 27, 2013
The deft and merciless director sides with the girls, and to stack the deck she's hired five tremendous actresses who thrill to tear poor Brody apart
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Mike D'Angelo
AV Club
June 27, 2013
The title's parenthetical plural sums up the problem with Some Girl(s): Five slow-cook dialogues that reveal the nice-guy protagonist as a super-tool is four too many.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
June 26, 2013
The things that once made Neil LaBute's movies seem like tossed grenades - the loutish protagonists, the sadism toward women - now come off as more dated than scandalous.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Chris Cabin
Slant Magazine
June 26, 2013
Like most of Neil LaBute's work in the field of "emotional terrorism," the film protests that bad behavior isn't only good, but also essential to art.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
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David Fear
Time Out
June 25, 2013
If you've seen any of the playwright's previous forays into XY-ugliness, you can probably skip this one and still sleep soundly at night.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
June 25, 2013
It doesn't take pattern-recognition software to catch some shared, troubling concerns here. But the charitable viewer will remember that ugly themes aren't necessarily a thesis.
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