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Dirty Girl Reviews

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R. Kurt Osenlund
Slant Magazine
October 3, 2011
For a movie hellbent on marketing itself as the seedy tale of a small-town tramp, Dirty Girl sure has an odd way of making good on its promise.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Grae Drake
Movies.com
October 14, 2011
The film rolls downhill to Serious Town when Danielle finds her father, and although the performers are equipped to handle it, it gets more heavy-handed as it winds to a close.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
October 6, 2011
It's probably appropriate that a film about adolescent identity crises has trouble figuring out what it wants to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
December 21, 2011
...l feels like a Hollywood vision of the way the ignorant and unwashed comport themselves. It feels ugly and it made me sad.
Full Review | Original Score: 80/100
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James Rocchi
MSN Movies
October 5, 2011
Dirty Girl isn't nearly as messy or real or raw as it needs to be -- mostly it's just grubby with shopworn familiarity and glammed up with too many pop songs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Robert Levin
Film School Rejects
October 8, 2011
It'd be hard to conceive of a movie more painstakingly comprised of dramatic filler.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Alison Willmore
Time Out
October 5, 2011
Temple does turn what's essentially a magical-hussy role into something more grounded and human. The rest of the cast isn't quite so lucky...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Bill Gibron
Filmcritic.com
October 10, 2011
if you can't quite get behind a defiant diva and her queer companion, you'll find every moment of this motion picture a chore
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
October 7, 2011
If your sensibility is pure trashy camp, don't expect anyone not to laugh when you try to be earnest.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
October 9, 2011
[VIDEO] "Dirty Girl" is such an inept attempt at abstinence propaganda that it should have the opposite effect on teen girls chomping at the bit.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Geoff Berkshire
Metromix.com
October 6, 2011
It's difficult to transition from mocking characters to begging for our empathy
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
October 6, 2011
The heavy eye shadow, cheesy clothes and stiffly flipped-out hair feel almost too mocking ... rather than serving as stylistic choices that make the characters feel like real people.
| Original Score: 2/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media
October 7, 2011
Dirty Girl is much more fun when Danielle is behaving badly. Unfortunately, that only lasts about 20 minutes, and as soon as she befriends Clarke -- an unlikely situation in itself -- the fun ends.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
October 20, 2011
Dirty Girl broadcasts its intent to be edgy and subversive - poking fun throughout at small-town, conservative attitudes toward sex and morality - without ever achieving subversion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
October 6, 2011
A well-meaning, misbegotten frenzy of confused impulses.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
October 7, 2011
Undoubtedly this movie means something to its director and screenwriter - a former dancer making his feature-film debut. So why didn't he put more care into the period?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
October 7, 2011
[Sylvia's] attempts at situational humor on the road - including a stripping scene for Dozier as coming-out metaphor - fall embarrassingly flat.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
October 7, 2011
Social satire, heartbreaking family drama and a lot of toe-tapping 1980s music attempt to exist in the same space. Watching this movie is like eating a hot fudge sundae and lasagna in alternating bites.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Debruge
Variety
October 5, 2011
What begins as a politically incorrect, Mean Girls-esque satire constantly shifts tone and focus as director Abe Sylvia pursues a style as jumbled as his narrative.
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
October 4, 2011
A feeble teenage-outcast movie set in 1987, Dirty Girl exists primarily as a vehicle for first-time writer-director Abe Sylvia's favorite Reagan-era jams.
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