The Girl (2013)

The Girl



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Movie Info

Struggling with the loss of her child to Social Services, a single mother is trapped in the quicksand of her south Texas life. When her path collides with a young girl from Mexico, she begins a journey that will change her life - discovering that she is the architect of her own fate and learning what it is that truly defines home. (c) Official Site

Rating: PG-13 (for thematic material including violence/disturbing images, and for language and smoking)
Genre: Drama, Horror
Directed By:
Written By: David Riker
In Theaters:
Box Office: $34.2k
Brainstorm Media - Official Site

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Critic Reviews for The Girl

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (9)

It's unfortunate that Riker's strong central character and evocative location work get undermined, at every turn, by a plot that not only springs zero surprises, but reduces the terror and loss of Cornish's charges to mere life lessons for her.

Full Review… | March 7, 2013
AV Club
Top Critic

The Girl enlightens with an unusual insight into the courage, durability and struggle of the Mexican people while taking the viewer on a guided tour of a piece of the country tourists never see.

Full Review… | March 6, 2013
New York Observer
Top Critic

In all aspects, The Girl can't help it-this is headline-torn cinema du tearjerking at its most generic.

Full Review… | March 5, 2013
Time Out
Top Critic

Hernandez is soulful and affecting ... and Cornish embodies Ashley's self-centered character with nuance and subtlety.

Full Review… | December 18, 2012
Village Voice
Top Critic

"The Girl" wants to be eat-your-vegetables cinema, but vegetables are good for you. This misery fest is more like an eat-your-bark movie.

Full Review… | December 14, 2012
New York Post
Top Critic

There are moving moments as Cornish channels the slow self-enlightenment necessary for Ashley's character arc. And the actress is particularly good in the scenes with the promising young Hernandez.

Full Review… | December 13, 2012
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Girl

I really liked this movie. If you are looking for an action-packed thriller, look somewhere else, though. This is a slower paced film about a flawed woman trying to correct her actions. The movie contrasts the sensibility and strength of a young Mexican girl, with the selfishness of the American woman. The very poor Mexican family lives with dignity, while she lives in squalor. This was a good, heartfelt film. Abbie Cornish turned in a lovely performance as always, and the little girl in this was adorable.

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

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