The Dead Girl

2006

The Dead Girl

Critics Consensus

This dark thriller boasts a fresh approach, but it can still get bogged down by its heavy subject matter.

75%

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65%

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"The Dead Girl" is a quintet of stories about seemingly unrelated people whose lives converge around the murder of a young woman. "The Stranger" is about the woman who finds the body. "The Sister," a forensics graduate student, is torn between her mother's pressure to hold onto hope for her abducted sister's return and her longing to move forward with her own life "The Wife" is trapped in an intense hate/love relationship with her husband. A terrible discovery about his connection to the dead girl's murder forces her to confront what she though she knew about him--and herself. "The Mother" searches for answers about her runaway daughter's life and is confronted with a series of revelations that change the course of her own life. "The Dead Girl" is a fireball: hyper, volatile, self-destructive and subject to hair-trigger bursts of uncontrollable rage. She also has an innocent and child-like side. She dreams about improving her life and becoming a good mother to her young daughter. These characters are linked not only by their connection to a brutal murder but also by the difficult hand that life has dealt them. The film scrutinizes their inner struggles to overcome or surrender to their misfortunes.

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Critic Reviews for The Dead Girl

All Critics (81) | Top Critics (23)

  • Karen Moncrieff's previous film, the shallow and pretentious Blue Car, in no way prepares you for this superbly acted, emotionally acute picture.

    Mar 22, 2007 | Rating: B
  • Those who pass on The Dead Girl are missing something. Moncrieff has assembled a remarkable (and mostly female) cast, and there are moments in this film that are as powerful as anything currently in theaters.

    Mar 16, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Moncrieff never gets melodramatic with subject matter that easily could have been; she won't make you feel good, but she will make you feel.

    Mar 2, 2007 | Full Review…
  • All Screams aside, movies about serial killing are rarely chipper affairs. But few are as glum as The Dead Girl.

    Feb 23, 2007 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Murphy, devouring a bad girl role to go with her image, makes her the most alive person in what is most certainly not your typical Hollywood serial killer movie.

    Feb 16, 2007 | Rating: 3/5
  • It must be said that The Dead Girl is a film of considerable integrity. But before that, something else must be said: That's about as unappetizing an opening to a film as can be imagined.

    Feb 9, 2007 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Dead Girl

  • Aug 06, 2015
    This movie had potential to be good, but it just wasn't.
    Erin C Super Reviewer
  • Jul 26, 2011
    dark film and well cast. the conclusion is definitely a brutel affair
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Jan 18, 2011
    This film is relentlessly melodramatic; every scene is occupied by characters who scream and cry about their bleak, miserable lives. Since there is no emotional context to any of the episodes, they quickly become exhausting and repetitive. The cast is full of A-list actors, but none of them feel involved in the material. Along with the script, the acting feels strained and self-conscious. An unplesant movie with no pay-off.
    Mike T Super Reviewer
  • Aug 20, 2010
    I was surprised this was actually better than I thought it would be. Usually when I watch movies like this where there are like 6 mini stories that are losely connected I always get frustrated because I dont feel like they end properly. But with this one it actually was rather satisfying. Sure, none of the storylines are comepletely concluded but it still makes perfect sense and I can live with the ending(s) as they were. And well acted on all counts. Some really great actors in there. What did this movie teach me? It's a small world.
    Sarah . Super Reviewer

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