Dirty God Reviews

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February 6, 2020
In terms of representation, Polak's film stands head-and-shoulders above many others who have failed to lend an authentic voice to those who feel unable to fit into the norms of society.
August 21, 2019
Jade is resilient but desperate. So even when the film's script requires her to do some incredibly stupid things, she recovers and we keep rooting for her.
August 9, 2019
Often confronting but always heartfelt, Dirty God is elevated by a stunningly authentic performance by Vicky Knight.
July 12, 2019
[Vicky Knight's protagonist's] attempts and failures hit with visceral force, and Dirty God is successful in presenting rarely seen desires without judgement or artifice.
July 4, 2019
A stunning debut performance from Vicky Knight, a real-life burns survivor grounds Dirty God in reality, even if the story occasionally takes the soft option.
July 2, 2019
It's a demanding role that requires a level of fearlessness and revelation. And Knight absolutely commands the screen, a star is instantly born.
June 22, 2019
Knight's fiery, sensitive performance ignites the core of a movie that has a lot to say, but never sacrifices an ounce of truth in order to make its point.
June 18, 2019
It remains precarious and uncertain, much like real-life tragedy can be, and offers a powerfully performed and striking central performance by a promising new talent.
June 12, 2019
Dirty God is a film about finding your own path, of the necessity of trial and error, and a timely reminder that the fallout of domestic violence for its survivors is not just difficult, but often very, very messy.
June 10, 2019
Dirty God is an intimate, moving human story that is genuinely inspiring - and must never happen to anyone again.
June 10, 2019
Set against a background of poverty pay, crime and the quest for bodily perfection, Dirty God shows us a cruel world but Polak traces Jade's journey with empathy and revels in her defiance.
June 10, 2019
Brave and brilliant filmmaking, with an incredible leading turn from Vicky Knight.
June 10, 2019
Dutch film-maker Sacha Polak directs and, thanks to Knight's brave performance, delivers an unflinching film that, while undeniably harrowing and a tad overlong, has genuine heart and hope.
June 10, 2019
When the script wallops its heroine with additional bad luck, the engineering is a bit too clumsy, but overall this is an impressive film.
June 10, 2019
With the continued prevalence of acid attacks in the UK, it was only a matter of time before they became the subject of a film. Thank goodness, then, it's handled with such unflinching care as it is in Dirty God.
June 9, 2019
An astonishingly vibrant and engaging performance by feature first-timer Vicky Knight drives this urgent, passionate drama from Dutch film-maker Sacha Polak.
June 7, 2019
The struggles of a severely scarred acid-attack victim in a looks-obsessed world are taken to unexpected places by the director Sacha Polak.
June 6, 2019
In a frank but sensitive way, [Sacha] Polak delves into areas that most other filmmakers would be far too timid to go near.
June 6, 2019
I really hope Knight finds a place in the film industry; with her terrific performance here she's earned it.
June 6, 2019
Both a sharply observed character study and a damning indictment of our skin-deep Instagram culture.
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