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The Exploding Girl Reviews

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 17, 2011
| Original Score: 4/5
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
May 6, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 15, 2010
The Exploding Girl is a character study of one young woman - and of an entire generation struggling to maintain external maturity despite internal regression.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
April 1, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
April 1, 2010
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
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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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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
March 24, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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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
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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
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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
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
March 12, 2010
Those who can hang on through the mumblecore-ish narrative languor of the nicely photographed The Exploding Girl will savor a very talented actress' sensitive portrait of youthful awkwardness.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Noel Murray
AV Club
March 11, 2010
Like any good B-side, The Exploding Girl is engaging but rough, lacking the kind of polish that would make it a hit.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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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