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The Girl

The Girl (2013)

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56

Average Rating: 4.8/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 4

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audience

44

liked it
Average Rating: 3.1/5
User Ratings: 332

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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

PG-13,

Drama, Horror

David Riker

$34.2k

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All Critics (19) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (10) | Rotten (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.

March 7, 2013 Full Review Source: AV Club
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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.

March 6, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Observer
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In all aspects, The Girl can't help it-this is headline-torn cinema du tearjerking at its most generic.

March 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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Hernandez is soulful and affecting ... and Cornish embodies Ashley's self-centered character with nuance and subtlety.

December 18, 2012 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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"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.

December 14, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post
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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.

December 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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A sentimental shift in the last reel of the film seems artificially designed to wrap up the story and demonstrate that a life lesson has been learned. It's when it's at its most contemplative that The Girl is at its best.

April 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

[Cornish] plays Ashley with a mix of guilt and determination. And the precocious Hernandez brings an equally stubborn quality to Rosa.

April 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Austin American-Statesman
Austin American-Statesman

There's a heartfelt tenderness for this troubled character on Riker & Cornish's part but it comes at the expense of realism or any serious answers to the questions raised by the film.

March 21, 2013 Full Review Source: HollywoodChicago.com
HollywoodChicago.com

The Girl is still more "good for you" than "good," but at least it supplements its feature-length lecture with a pair of good performances and a decent payoff.

March 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Television Without Pity
Television Without Pity

It's a spare film, but deeply felt and convincing, while bringing Cornish into a whole new light as an actress.

March 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Blu-ray.com
Blu-ray.com

Too limited in scope and too predictable to transcend its social-issue movie-of-the-week roots as a tearjerker designed to play on feelings of particularly maternal independent film fans.

February 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Shockya.com
Shockya.com

It's a tribute to Riker's skill as a writer and director that, even when Ashley is behaving in ways that should make her totally unlikeable, you don't completely write her off.

February 12, 2013 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

Unsatisfying psychological study of a neglectful mother, failing in its quest for spiritual redemption.

January 6, 2013 Full Review Source: SSG Syndicate
SSG Syndicate

The Girl splashes Abbie Cornish's fantastic acting, but the film is dead in the water.

December 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Twitch
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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.
December 17, 2013
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