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The Dead Girl Reviews

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Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies
March 21, 2007
With The Dead Girl, this technique of breaking the narrative apart and then piecing it back together has led to a sort of narrative vacuum at its center -- an empty hole where a thing called exposition would typically reside.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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.
John P. McCarthy
Boxoffice Magazine
November 29, 2006
No potential for redemption materializes in the thoroughly depressing world created by Karen Moncrieff.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
December 21, 2006
The various tales amount to little on their own and fail to resonate outside of their narrow narrative confines.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
December 29, 2006
Occasionally the movie manages to achieve a real sadness, but some story lines are forced.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
May 3, 2007
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Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matt Pais
February 8, 2007
Or: Life Sucks and Then You Die: The Movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
December 26, 2006
A total downer and disappointment given writer and director Karen Moncrieff's poignant debut with Blue Car.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/5
Susan Granger
January 6, 2007
Bleak and baleful, recommended only if you're into sinister desolation.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Robert Koehler
November 20, 2006
Pic's weak ending demonstrates that its multi-narrative strategy, though full of cinematic potential, also holds traps for a film's overall impact.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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
IGN Movies
June 25, 2007
The Dead Girl segues from one turgidly-paced, soul-crushing sequence to another with very little reason to continue watching.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
December 26, 2006
Karen Moncrieff's melodrama is less noxious than Paul Haggis's race fantasy by virtue of having nothing to say about anything that will be of any importance to anyone.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Jim Ridley
Village Voice
December 28, 2006
The chief problem with The Dead Girl, as with most current multipart films, is that the truncated stories don't give actors much room to develop a part. They're on-screen for such a short time that they act furiously from the get-go.
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
December 28, 2006
I neither gained any knowledge nor experienced pleasure or deep emotion of any sort; the best that can be said is that I wasn't bored or offended.
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette
December 28, 2006
The acting is extremely strong. Most of the actors give something close to the performances of a lifetime but this is a film that is hard to watch because it isn't entertaining. This is just nice people in pain with no payoff. This is going to get lots of
| Original Score: 2.3/5
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
December 28, 2006
Ambitious, but while it serves as a showcase for some terrific performances, it achieves the wrenching drama it's aiming for only intermittently.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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.
Dave White
December 29, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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