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Factory Girl Reviews

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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
March 14, 2007
One wonders whether the documentary format would have better served the material than this ill-focused drama. Since real-life family and observers chime in over the end credits, perhaps the filmmakers were thinking the same thing.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
February 20, 2007
I think Sienna Miller does a really nice job of capturing Edie Sedgwick, who really was the fore-runner to Paris Hilton and a lot of other people who are just famous for being famous.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
February 16, 2007
It's a movie without that emotional spark that lets us connect with her, or anybody else.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
February 16, 2007
When Sedgwick's whirl of liberation turns into addiction, clichés stall the plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
February 16, 2007
Sedgwick's death seems as predestined as a Hollywood melodrama.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
February 16, 2007
You feel as if either you or the filmmakers have missed the point, if there ever actually was one.
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
February 16, 2007
Thanks to the flashy work of the film's two editors and cinematographer, style trumps substance. Or perhaps it merely masks the lack of it.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
February 16, 2007
Not everyone is crushed by fame, but almost everyone is flattened by it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
February 15, 2007
The film never provides compelling reasons to care about the fate of this poor little rich girl.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
February 15, 2007
Director George Hickenlooper incessantly switches between black-and-white, grained-out, color-saturated, handheld and fuzzy shots. He's not so much making a movie as an audition tape for the cameraman's guild.
| Original Score: 2/5
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David Denby
New Yorker
February 12, 2007
Whatever shrewdness or charm Sedgwick possessed that caused people to believe that she was a revolutionary figure in New York night life, it doesn't come through in this movie.
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Melissa Anderson
Time Out
February 10, 2007
Factory Girl's greatest crime is transforming a scene and a personality that were all about movement and flamboyant brilliance into nothing but inert ventriloquism.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/6
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
February 9, 2007
The best Factory Girl can muster is Oliver Stone on a budget, complete with shrill overacting, sloppy pacing, constantly changing film stock, distracting celebrity cameos, messy psychodrama, and bleary stylistic overload.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
February 9, 2007
Tragedy requires us to genuinely care about the character and Factory Girl fails in that regard, despite Miller's emphatic performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
February 9, 2007
It's a sad, haunting story -- but George Hickenlooper's Factory Girl does little to show us why we should care.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
February 9, 2007
Miller gets old and used up before our eyes, and we not only see it, we see what it means to experience it. This is a movie about power, and its spectacle is that of a woman losing all of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Laura Emerick
Chicago Sun-Times
February 9, 2007
Despite strong performances by Sienna Miller as the quintessential '60s It Girl and Guy Pearce as FrankenArtist Andy, the film ultimately doesn't have much to say about the people it purports to depict or the tumultuous times in which they lived.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
February 9, 2007
Less a movie than a montage, the swinging sixties shot in an arc both tiny and trite.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
February 9, 2007
Factory Girl is not, strictly speaking, a bad movie. It's something worse: an irredeemably banal drama about some of the most protean, contradictory creative forces of the 1960s.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
February 8, 2007
Factory Girl isn't a penetrating chronicle of Sedgwick's life so much as a production designer's highlights reel.
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
February 8, 2007
Cautionary tale? Fashion show? Love story? Excuse for groovy soundtrack? George Hickenlooper's Factory Girl is a little of each, but not enough of any to make a satisfying film story.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
February 8, 2007
Hickenlooper likes to observe chaos and artistic extremes with a friendly eye, and there are hints all through Factory Girl of the shattering film it could have been. But the story falls too easily into 'live fast, die young' laments and postures.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
February 8, 2007
This is juicy stuff, but the filmmakers have absolutely no idea what to do with it.
| Original Score: C-
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
February 8, 2007
The historical Edie Sedgwick was a fascinating figure and at no time was she more interesting than when she was a member of Warhol's Factory. It's too bad Factory Girl fails to make this woman compelling in these circumstances.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
February 7, 2007
Sienna Miller, with her glossed and dimpled party-girl smile, looks so much like the actual Edie Sedgwick that you may think, at moments, that you're seeing the real thing. That spooky look-alike allure does a lot for the movie.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
February 7, 2007
I doubt if it would have been considered slick or glam-sham enough to hold even Warhol's interest in the days when he stuck the label of high art on everything that popped out of a Polaroid.
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Nathan Lee
Village Voice
February 6, 2007
The least-fabulous movie imaginable about the most fabulous persona in that most fabulous of scenes, the Warhol Factory at the height of its genius and gaiety.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
February 5, 2007
The Warhol cosmos is too weird and complicated to lend itself to a conventional Hollywood biopic, and this one is conventional down to Warhol's first glimpse of his future 'superstar' bouncing up and down vivaciously in tacky slow motion.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
February 2, 2007
Why should we care about Edie Sedgwick? Factory Girl, fatally, can't find a reason.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
February 2, 2007
Miller is wincingly good at playing up the innocence, with her junior high school declarations ('there's always hope') and the politely vacuous laugh she seems to deliver from her front teeth.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
February 2, 2007
With Factory Girl, Hickenlooper has taken an icon and made her ordinary.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
February 2, 2007
Sienna Miller remains an actress in search of a movie worthy of her talent.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
February 2, 2007
Factory Girl, a biography of Edie Sedgwick, the most glamorous of Andy Warhol's so-called superstars, suggests a magazine layout masquerading as a film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
February 1, 2007
George Hickenlooper's impressionistic biopic Factory Girl is a strange little affair, and not a wholly successful one.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
February 1, 2007
If not for Sienna Miller's engaging portrayal of Edie Sedgwick, Factory Girl would have little to offer.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Dana Stevens
Slate
February 1, 2007
Whatever substantial qualities it might once have possessed have been wasted, picked over by rumor and gossip, and sullied by the pawing of many hands.
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
February 1, 2007
Edie Sedgwick may have been too elusive and too fractured to be easily explained. Factory Girl is a good try with some great acting. But as with its subject, it's both too much and not enough.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
December 29, 2006
A brisk, superficial treatment of the tragic supernova life of Edie Sedgwick, Factory Girl disappoints as both biography and drama.
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Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
December 29, 2006
Director George Hickenlooper captures the energy and ultra-irony of Warhol's scene, but his attempts to give the film a conventional biopic arc end up wallowing in dime-store psychology.
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Robert Koehler
Variety
December 29, 2006
Though Sedgwick embodied everything that glittered and grated about the era's counterculture, director George Hickenlooper evinces no deep interest in the time and place, resulting in a film that feels removed from its source.
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David Ehrenstein
L.A. Weekly
December 28, 2006
Sienna Miller captures much of Edie's physical manner and some of her voice (though she's nowhere near deep enough), but there's nothing she can do with material that requires her to mope and pout for the bulk of her screen time.