The Exploding Girl

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Its languid pace and willfully understated narrative may test the patience of some viewers, but Bradley Rust Gray's gentle direction and a gripping performance from Zoe Kazan lend The Exploding Girl an appealing, melancholy beauty.



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Cherubic college student Ivy is at home in Brooklyn for spring break with her longtime guy pal Al in tow. As her relationship with her boyfriend falls apart, Al's friendship is cast in a new light.

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  • The Exploding Girl is a film about the deceptiveness of surfaces, and it takes place in a small town that you eventually realize with a start is actually New York City.

    May 6, 2010 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

    Ty Burr

    Boston Globe
    Top Critic
  • The Exploding Girl is a character study of one young woman - and of an entire generation struggling to maintain external maturity despite internal regression.

    Apr 15, 2010 | Rating: 3/4
  • Sometimes a carefully placed pinprick can stay with you longer than a heavier, clumsier blow, and so it is with Bradley Rust Gray's delicately done but indelible The Exploding Girl.

    Apr 1, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • A Zen-like experience of watchful compassion in deliberately challenging circumstances: trying to see and hear, without leaping to conclusions, the gathering troubles of a young woman living in hectic circles and with increasing self-absorption.

    Apr 1, 2010 | Rating: 3/4
  • Viewers willing to slow down their cinematic metabolism enough to watch The Exploding Girl at its own pace will find their patience rewarded by moments of great beauty...

    Mar 26, 2010 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Gray has an artful, understated way of conveying what's going 
on inside, often simply by focusing his camera on Kazan. And the actress has a unique capacity for projecting the complexity of feminine stillness.

    Mar 24, 2010 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

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