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Pete Hammond
Back Stage
March 27, 2010
Indie down to its core , this dreary film fails to engage on many levels. The camera work is nice though, particularly when it's focused on pigeons.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
John P. McCarthy
Boxoffice Magazine
March 12, 2010
The glib response "Explode already!" stands, despite a few intriguingly tender moments within a narrative in which listlessness overwhelms incident.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Bill Weber
Slant Magazine
May 3, 2009
Exasperating for its mundane narrative of youthful non-courtship camouflaged by Manhattan street-video naturalism, The Exploding Girl occasionally suggests mumblecore with less improvisation and heaps of undergrad preciousness in place of snarky ir
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Cole Smithey
March 16, 2010
The camera loves Zoe Kazan in newcomer Bradley Rust Gray's mumblecore snooze fest.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
March 12, 2010
Mr. Gray's achievement -- and Ms. Kazan's, too -- is to make you care enough about Ivy to be curious about her. But The Exploding Girl can also make you feel bad about wishing that she were just a little more interesting.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
November 25, 2010
...a mildly watchable showcase for Kazan's undeniably impressive performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
April 29, 2009
A slow and tedious look at the emotional aimlessness of college kids leaves the audience without either direction or entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
March 17, 2010
This is another dreary collaboration by husband-wife team Bradley Rust Gray and So Yong Kim, who have no idea what to do with a simple narrative.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
James Verniere
Boston Herald
May 6, 2010
"The Exploding Girl" can be grouped with those dreaded "mumblecore" movies in which young people talk endlessly about their romantic entanglements and attend terrible parties.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Annlee Ellingson
Moving Pictures Magazine
March 31, 2010
Sit with it a while %u2014 which isn't hard when you're watching Kazan. The cumulative effect is powerful. You begin to feel for her even though you haven't even met.
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
April 23, 2010
Gray's limpid compositions draw plangent stillness from urban darkness, counterpointing but not unbalancing his actors' understated naturalism.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Zak Jason
Boston Phoenix
May 5, 2010
At least director Bradley Rust Grey contains all this diverting dithering in 80 minutes -- even without an explosion, there's intrigue in watching a short fuse burn.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Robert Levin
Film School Rejects
March 12, 2010
It's a rare and wonderful thing to see a movie so attuned to the rhythms of daily life, to the ways a trauma builds and expands over time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Karina Longworth
Village Voice
March 9, 2010
Avoiding allegorical clichés, Gray turns the frustrations of epilepsy into an effective metaphor for non-epileptic youthful paralysis, and the inevitable "explosion" into the culmination of all those growing pains
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Dan Kois
Washington Post
March 26, 2010
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...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
March 16, 2010
This quietly poetic little gem contains many beautiful things, not least of which is leading lady Zoe Kazan, who lets every scene billow and swirl around her effortlessly.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
September 10, 2010
Kazan has a power of her own that is as strong as or stronger than the film's style, and she can carry a scene all by herself, even if the camera is merely watching her walk down the street.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 11, 2010
An impressive romantic drama set in New York City about a young woman's sudden plunge into loneliness and what she learns from this sad and melancholy emotion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 26, 2010
...a lovely, languorous film that does much with little and leaves you feeling like you've witnessed some minor miracle.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 27, 2010
This is a mature story about the lives of two young people (and one voice) that kept my attention from start to finish.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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