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Stephanie Daley (2006)



Average Rating: 7.3/10
Reviews Counted: 49
Fresh: 44 | Rotten: 5

The premise has all the trappings of melodrama, but the excellent performances give the characters complexity and empathy.


Average Rating: 7.6/10
Critic Reviews: 20
Fresh: 18 | Rotten: 2

The premise has all the trappings of melodrama, but the excellent performances give the characters complexity and empathy.



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A frightened and irresponsible girl and an emotionally conflicted woman are brought together under tragic circumstances in this independent drama. Stephanie Daley (Amber Tamblyn) is a 16-year-old girl who while on a school-sponsored ski trip collapses in a puddle of blood; a medical examination reveals that Stephanie has recently given birth, and in a nearby bathroom a newborn child is found dead, flushed down a toilet with its mouth stuffed with toilet paper. While Stephanie insists the child


Art House & International, Drama

Hilary Brougher

Sep 4, 2007

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The acting is uniformly on a high level. Tamblyn is impressive, and Swinton, as usual, is outstanding.

June 22, 2007 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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You are likely to be discussing this film long into the night.

June 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Apart from Swinton's fine performance, what largely distinguishes this is Brougher's sharp narrative focus.

June 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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A movie that can wound you.

May 31, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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Tamblyn's surprisingly measured performance commands attention.

May 11, 2007 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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To see Tamblyn's work here, to see her character almost simultaneously embody pain, terror, anguish, embarrassment, regret and just about any emotion you can think of, is to watch the kind of acting the medium exists to provide.

April 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Stephanie Daley stands out for Amber Tamblyn's (The Grudge 2, Joan of Arcadia) unbelievable performance in the title role.

August 26, 2008 Full Review Source:

There's a rawness to [it] paints slick composition and beautiful, bleeding color on the kind of story about sex and faith that no one has told well in a while.

February 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinematical

Sobering infanticide drama is too much for kids.

October 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Thought-provoking and mesmerising.

September 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

As joyless as it may be, it's still a brilliant emotional experience.

September 12, 2007 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

boils a rambunctious issue down to the personal bruises

September 10, 2007 Full Review Source:

Filled with emotional pain, it's a perceptive, truthful film interested not in passing judgement, but rather in exploring the truth about relationships, pregnancy and life.

September 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

not a great deal that is dramatic happens in the film, but it is that accrual of small details that fleshes out who these people are.

July 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Murphy's Movie Reviews
Murphy's Movie Reviews

Tamblyn's performance is a delicate balancing act; she has to stealthily reveal who Stephanie is to us while still holding back the most vital information until the very end.

June 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Contra Costa Times
Contra Costa Times

It's remarkable how close the director gets to these two characters, and how quietly.

June 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

...a fine and foreboding duet of character study

May 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

If ever there were a shamelessly preachy attempt to scare teen girls out of having unprotected sex, this is it.

May 3, 2007 Full Review Source:

Powerfully acted, intimate drama.

April 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News
Los Angeles Daily News

Audience Reviews for Stephanie Daley

Very well done movie. I felt a lot of sympathy for what Stephanie must have been through and the consequences of her actions. Tidla Swinton is also very good in this.
April 3, 2010

Super Reviewer

There are films that you watch for sheer entertainment. One's that afford you an hour and a half of escapism, returning you safely to reality with a happy conclusion and the rolling of the credits. This is not one of those films.

Stephanie Daley is a snippet of adolescent reality presented without embellishment or agenda. It's exceptionally written, superbly cast and, due to it's content, damn hard to watch.
March 24, 2010
Randy Tippy

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[font=Century Gothic]Written and directed by Hilary Brougher, "Stephanie Daley" is a thoughtful movie about there not always being a ready explanation for everything that happens in this complicated world of ours. For example, there is 16-year old Stephanie Daley(Amber Tamblyn), a seemingly normal high school student in upstate New York, who has been accused of killing her newborn baby on a ski trip. She claims that she did not know that she was pregnant. Flashbacks show the sequence of events leading up to the fateful incident(referencing "A Scarlet Letter" is a bit obvious) along with the world she lives in, one where abstinence-only sex education is taught in high school and adults talk to children, but do not listen to them. And then there is Lydie Crane(Tilda Swinton, who is superb), the forensic psychologist assigned to determine Stephanie's fitness to stand trial, who is 29 weeks pregnant, following a recent pregnancy that ended in a stillbirth. She is just happy that her current pregnancy is going well so far.[/font]

[font=Century Gothic]Note: Hilary Brougher also directed the wonderfully sublime, "The Sticky Fingers of Time."[/font]
April 25, 2007
Walter M.

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