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Dirty Girl Reviews

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
October 21, 2011
Dirty Girl isn't. Sorry, but it's just faux grime, a thin layer of bad behaviour that wipes clean with a two-ply tissue to reveal the real movie beneath - all shiny sentimentality.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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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John Hartl
Seattle Times
October 20, 2011
The movie is all over the place, searching for an identity that proves almost entirely elusive.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
October 7, 2011
One can appreciate an artistic effort without actually endorsing it, which may be the most generous approach to Abe Sylvia's frustratingly uneven debut.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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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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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
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
October 6, 2011
A well-meaning, misbegotten frenzy of confused impulses.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
October 6, 2011
But even if Dirty Girl is formulaic, it's constantly moving forward, and not just in the geographical sense.
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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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
October 6, 2011
Writer-director Abe Sylvia reflects mid-'80s Middle America through a fisheye indie lens, and films don't get much uglier than this.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
October 5, 2011
Dirty Girl is a bad movie with no insights that is broadly drawn and genuinely plagued by filthy dialogue. You don't laugh. You just wince, and wonder how the whole thing ever got financed.
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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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
October 5, 2011
A sweet 'n' sassy period comedy with a Juno sensibility and the soul of a Little Miss Sunshine.
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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
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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
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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.