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The Girl Reviews

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
December 15, 2012
Doesn't quite manage to portray Hitchcock as masterfully as past biography films, but it's at least a more internal look at Hitchcock's obsession with the blonde.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
November 30, 2012
[Toby Jones is] the best thing about the project to an almost laughable degree, for it is a nearly complete failure of dramaturgy, filmmaking, and acting.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Staci Layne Wilson
Yahoo! Movies
November 26, 2012
Sexual harassment all dressed up and nowhere to go.
Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com
November 1, 2012
Certainly explores an enticing tale of obsession and revenge, but it seldom trusts the inherent horror of it all, preferring to spell out jealousies and malicious behavior to a point where fact unfortunately resembles fiction.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Ken Tucker
Entertainment Weekly
October 22, 2012
There's little forward momentum in The Girl. It's just the dramatization of one humiliation after another.
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
October 22, 2012
It looks gorgeous, with lush production values and gorgeous cinematography, but there's a strange inertness at the film's core.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Brian Tallerico
HollywoodChicago.com
October 22, 2012
It's well-written and well-directed in terms of historical accuracy and the performances certainly aren't bad but the film never finds a strong creative justification to exist.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Robert Lloyd
Los Angeles Times
October 22, 2012
You need to know that Hitchcock was a real-life Famous Artist in order for the drama, not to say the creepiness, to fully take effect. Otherwise, this is just the story of a sadistic sad old man and the young woman who escapes his clutches.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Verne Gay
Newsday
October 22, 2012
Miller's Hedren is cool, distant, humorless, whiny and reproving. She's the perfect block of ice.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Linda Stasi
New York Post
October 22, 2012
[Jones] is spectacular.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Dan Fienberg
HitFix
October 22, 2012
Because of stars Jones and Sienna Miller, there are reasons to watch The Girl, but the one-dimensional approach defeats any chance that any serious film fan will revise their opinions on much of anything.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Scott D. Pierce
Salt Lake Tribune
October 19, 2012
It's more exhausting than entertaining, unfortunately.
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Joanne Ostrow
Denver Post
October 19, 2012
The Girl may make movie lovers want to screen The Birds and Marnie again, perhaps seeing Hedren's performances in a new light through the eyes of the obsessed director.
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Matthew Gilbert
Boston Globe
October 19, 2012
If you approach The Girl as a sliver, and don't expect a full serving, you are more apt to appreciate it.
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Gail Pennington
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 19, 2012
If you approach The Girl as a sliver, and don't expect a full serving, you are more apt to appreciate it.
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David Wiegand
San Francisco Chronicle
October 19, 2012
The fatal flaw in the entire project isn't Gwyneth Hughes' serviceable script but Julian Jarrold's just plain creepy direction.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Rob Owen
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
October 19, 2012
It's not clear why this story warranted a movie. It's a small character study about a large man who comes off as a terrorizing buffoon.
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Alessandra Stanley
New York Times
October 19, 2012
The trouble with The Girl is that it tries to psychoanalyze Hitchcock but fails by trying to know the man too much.
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David Hinckley
New York Daily News
October 17, 2012
Superb performances by Toby Jones as Hitchcock and Sienna Miller as Hedren keep the story alive and moving.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Daniel Goldberg
Slant Magazine
October 12, 2012
This is Hedren's film, told through her eyes, and in spite of all the glamorous costumes and set pieces, it succeeds at being a thoroughly harrowing exposť of Hollywood patriarchy run amok.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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