The Dead Girl Reviews

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March 22, 2007
Karen Moncrieff's previous film, the shallow and pretentious Blue Car, in no way prepares you for this superbly acted, emotionally acute picture.
March 16, 2007
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.
March 2, 2007
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.
February 23, 2007
All Screams aside, movies about serial killing are rarely chipper affairs. But few are as glum as The Dead Girl.
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.
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.
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.
February 8, 2007
A stern account of how the brutal murder of a young woman affects an array of far-flung characters.
January 27, 2007
Seeing multiple responses to a sexually motivated murder allows us to reconsider our understanding of sex crimes.
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 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 10, 2007
Moncrieff (Blue Car) pushes a view of women as victims that might create its own pornography of masochism if it didn't touch so many authentic shattered nerve endings.
January 4, 2007
The truncated stories force the actors to start at a high pitch and keep going, but they -- and the director -- work wonders at low volume.
December 29, 2006
Works like a package of crisp, individual psychological profiles of the women whose already troubled lives are disrupted by the murder.
December 29, 2006
If the segments are uneven, Moncrieff -- with the help of her excellent cast -- nevertheless crafts a gripping overall narrative that exposes a shared dissonance among the protagonists.
December 29, 2006
Occasionally the movie manages to achieve a real sadness, but some story lines are forced.
December 29, 2006
Messy and melodramatic, then quiet and contained -- The Dead Girl is definitely unpredictable. But then so is life. And [director Karen] Moncrieff gives us five fat slices of it here, all full of painful color and inconvenient drama.
December 29, 2006
The relentless emotional violence in this film, a compendium of five vignettes related to a young woman whose corpse is discovered on a hillside, is of a level rarely found in movies.
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.
December 27, 2006
There's no mistaking the integrity and craft on display here, and the writing and direction are too smart to dismiss The Dead Girl as victimology or man-hating.
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