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Girl Model Reviews

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
September 4, 2012
Filled with blind eyes and unspoken agreements, "Girl Model" opens a can of worms, then disdains to follow their slimy trails.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Kate Taylor
Globe and Mail
April 13, 2012
A scene where Arbaugh actually visits the models' apartment appears as staged as her concern about the place.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Adam Ross
The Aristocrat
September 27, 2012
Surprisingly, this isn't a hatchet job - most of the subjects of Girl Model hang themselves.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ashley Clark
Little White Lies
February 9, 2012
Thought-provoking. Deeply unsettling.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ellen Gray
Philadelphia Daily News
March 22, 2013
A disturbing documentary about a side of the modeling business that's far from super.
Elise Nakhnikian
Slant Magazine
September 3, 2012
The doc makes you wonder about every beautiful woman who's ever stared out from a publication, poster, or billboard, looking sophisticated and self-assured.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Violet Lucca
Film Comment Magazine
June 28, 2013
Despite its poor technical quality, Girl Model is a much-needed counterpoint to the irresponsible camp mentality of Toddlers & Tiaras.
September 6, 2012
The most memorable part of the film is veteran model-turned-scout Ashley Arbaugh, an unbelievably intriguing nonfiction character.
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September 4, 2012
An alarming documentary about the trafficking of Russian child models to the Japanese fashion market ...
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
September 20, 2012
Cool, calculated doc is hard to fault, but equally difficult to watch with any detachment.
Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media
September 13, 2012
Candid look at a sometimes-frightening industry.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
February 9, 2012
The banal yet luminous dramas of hope and disappointment play out, proving - again - that life is the same everywhere in the world, once you dig below the perma-crust of nationalistic self-assertion and position-striking.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
September 8, 2012
Explores a world that doesn't just appreciate youth. It lusts for it.
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Michelle Orange
Village Voice
September 4, 2012
The radiant sadness of its two subjects-one a soulfully impassive stripling, one a symmetrical husk-forms the center of Girl Model, and that is enough.
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
February 7, 2012
A sensible affair, even if its point of view clearly nods towards accusations of exploitation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
February 7, 2013
A vivid and surprisingly emotive exploration of fashion modeling and the refracted reality and cost of the economic opportunities it presents for prepubescent Eastern European girls in particular.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
February 9, 2012
This documentary takes a remarkably frank look at the fashion business, using the unusual perspective of a young Russian seeking work in Japan.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
September 4, 2012
A sad and cogent documentary about young girls exploited by the modeling industry.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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John Anderson
February 23, 2012
While Girl Model falls a bit short in the delivery of hard facts and incriminating evidence, it more than makes up for that with its knotty psychological profile of Arbaugh.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
October 11, 2012
A powerful documentary that, with a wider scope and a bit more shaping, could have been even more powerful, perhaps unbearably so. What's there is strong enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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