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A Girl Like Her Reviews

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Jonathan Kiefer
SF Weekly
January 1, 2016
Well-intentioned but belabored, Weber's documentary conceit ultimately saps the story of its truthfulness and is therefore self-defeating.
Daniel Barnes
Sacramento News & Review
May 30, 2015
A Girl Like Her goes for an ill-conceived blend of found footage and faux documentary that never works, while the script is rarely subtle and often shameless.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Todd Jorgenson
May 1, 2015
Sometimes the heartfelt power of the message can help to compensate for some narrative rough patches. Such is the case with this drama that tries to put a fresh spin on the topic of teenage bullying.
Regan Reid
Paste Magazine
April 2, 2015
Right off the bat you should know that A Girl Like Her is essentially an anti-bullying Public Service Announcement. If you go into the film knowing this, then it's easier to appreciate the good things that the movie has going for it.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.1/10
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Justin Chang
March 30, 2015
Seems less and less convincing the more blatantly it strives for authenticity.
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James Berardinelli
March 27, 2015
A Girl Like Her unfolds with a clear-eyed approach to the subject - a drama that fleshes out the principals and shows, without excusing the bully, that pain is not the exclusive domain of the victim.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Roeper
Chicago Sun-Times
March 27, 2015
Hunter King is believably despicable as the prototypical Mean Girl, but we DO feel empathy for Avery as she begins to realize the depths of the destruction she caused.
| Original Score: 3.0
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
March 27, 2015
Performed with unflinching honesty, it's a story that'll be familiar to countless teens, and the film could well have a long life as required, vivid viewing for high-schoolers, who'll have plenty to discuss after its poignant ending.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jim Judy
Screen It!
March 27, 2015
Should be required viewing in high schools around the nation to address this issue. (Full Content Review -- Sex, Profanity, Violence, etc. -- for Parents also available)
Jonathan W. Hickman
Daily Film Fix
March 27, 2015
No doubt to be compared to movies like director Marisa Silver's 1988 film Permanent Record, A Girl Like Her is a fitting cautionary tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
March 26, 2015
Earnest and well-intentioned but preachy in the way of an afterschool special and stylistically problematic.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Katie Walsh
Los Angeles Times
March 26, 2015
The narrative momentum quickly stalls out, as the story adds little to dynamics of high school bullying. The characters are two-dimensional at best, with dubious and paper-thin motivations.
Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media
March 26, 2015
A Girl Like Her is one of those movies you have trouble forgetting, but that's the point.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
March 26, 2015
The two young female leads, exceptionally well cast, deliver strong performances, and the drama benefits from Weber's interest in understanding rather than demonizing the bully.
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Peter Keough
Boston Globe
March 26, 2015
The young cast comes through with appealing, naturalistic performances. But Weber's programmatic, preachy story and emotional manipulation is so blatant that it verges on the fatuous.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 26, 2015
One of the most moving and intelligent of the recent glut of films and TV specials about teenage bullying.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Cary Darling
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
March 26, 2015
A Girl Like Her may not rank with Lee Hirsch's 2011 award-winning film Bully - a real documentary about real students being harassed - but it still packs a punch.
| Original Score: 4/5
David Noh
Film Journal International
March 26, 2015
Well-meaning but execrably executed diatribe against high-school bullying that is so bad, the result is just a pure exploitation "Mean Girls" flick.
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Thomas Lee
San Francisco Chronicle
March 26, 2015
A weepy and cliche-ridden misfire better suited for a midafternoon time slot on Nickelodeon than the big screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
March 26, 2015
If you stick with the drama, in which Weber incorporates fake found footage and faux documentary scenes, you'll be rewarded, particularly by the outstanding performances of Lexi Ainsworth and Hunter King.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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