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A Girl Like Her Reviews

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Justin Chang
Variety
March 30, 2015
Seems less and less convincing the more blatantly it strives for authenticity.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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
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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.
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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
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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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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
March 26, 2015
Weber's main point - that bullies are often victims of bullying themselves - gets lost in a tsunami of sorrow and sadism.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Kate Ward
Entertainment Weekly
March 25, 2015
Using a blend of doc- and selfie-style footage, director Amy S. Weber (Annabelle & Bear) aims to depict both sides of the bullying dynamic among teenage girls.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Sherilyn Connelly
Village Voice
March 24, 2015
Amy S. Weber's heart-wrenching A Girl Like Her begins by solving one mystery while posing another.