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The Dead Girl Reviews

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February 23, 2007
All Screams aside, movies about serial killing are rarely chipper affairs. But few are as glum as The Dead Girl.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 17, 2007
As tasty as butter
| Original Score: 3/5
February 16, 2007
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
February 9, 2007
The Dead Girl is an ambitious, unusual drama, and it's the kind of script that actors kill for, giving them rich, three-dimensional parts that they only have to play for a small amount of time, allowing for full emotional impact.
February 9, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 9, 2007
From Collette to Byrne, these women start out strong and get continually better, reaching a crescendo with Murphy.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
February 9, 2007
The use of multiple plots can be a dangerous exercise if not skillfully executed, making viewers feel cheated and wanting more, but Moncrieff works it out, ably shifting from one story to the next and keeping us satisfied with the open-ended outcomes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 9, 2007
...sometimes feels like Seven filtered through Sundance, but at least it gives weight to the sort of tragic story Hollywood usually treats like a thrill ride.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 8, 2007
The Dead Girl is bleak, sad, and depressing -- which is exactly what [director] Moncrieff intends it to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
February 8, 2007
A stern account of how the brutal murder of a young woman affects an array of far-flung characters.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 8, 2007
Or: Life Sucks and Then You Die: The Movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 8, 2007
There's an underlying, unifying power and credibility to Moncrieff's cumulative assertion that degradation is expected of too many women, and too often expected by themselves.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 8, 2007
None of these little tales goes quite where you expect it will, which would make it riveting enough, but every single performance is a wonder of surprising emotion...
January 27, 2007
Seeing multiple responses to a sexually motivated murder allows us to reconsider our understanding of sex crimes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 19, 2007
A blistering, complex and compelling mystery that offers one of the best acting ensembles seen in ages.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
January 19, 2007
The Dead Girl has such a glacial pace, and with such tonal monotony -- most of the first 20 minutes are either grim, in the dark or both -- that audiences will follow at their peril.
January 18, 2007
Moncrieff unfurls her tales with the poetic intensity of short stories.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 18, 2007
the faces of The Dead Girl, and their ways of reacting to utter awfulness, are preserved in your memory for days afterward
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
January 17, 2007
Ms. Moncrieff's ambitious second film is a bit of a disappointment after the promise shown in her more tightly structured debut effort, Blue Car.
January 16, 2007
Brilliantly written and even better directed by Karen Moncreiff, The Dead Girl represents a rather remarkable innovation in the female empowerment genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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