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Freshman high-school student Melinda (Kristen Stewart) has refused to speak ever since she called the cops on a popular summer party. With her old friends snubbing her for being a rat, and her parents (Elizabeth Perkins, D.B. Sweeney) too busy to notice her troubles, she folds into herself, trying to hide her secret: that star senior Andy (Eric Lively) raped her at the party. But Melinda does manage to find solace in her art class headed by Mr. Freeman (Steve Zahn).

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  • Mar 03, 2011
    Many people can relate to this amazing movie, especially to the character Melinda (played by Kristen Stewart), I sure know I can. It is beautifully directed, & amazingly acted. WANING, THE FOLLOWING REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS Characters: Like I stated, the characters are believable ones that almost anyone can relate to, whether its the good or bad one. Melinda is the kind of character I can relate to the most mainly because of how believable she really is. Plot/Story: It is again, realistic in terms of school life. A girl who was raped by a guy in a party & is traumatized by it, unable to speak & remain anti-social is an amazing way to make it work. Dialogue: It fits it perfectly, & it's not as cliche as other dramas. Plus, t being a narrative is lovely. Actors: While many will hate me for this, Kristen Stewart gave an amazing performance in here. She isn't a bad actress, & this is one of her best films. Everyone else, including Steve Zahn gave excellent performances. Final summation, this is a beautiful film, & is great for any traumatized or anti-social person.
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  • Aug 13, 2010
    Structurally, this film requires a strong, central performance, and Stewart simply isn't good enough. There are moments when she is quite good, but often she is so understated that she is essentially dead -- I see nothing in her face or movements that betrays anything worth looking at. Dead people make bad film characters. Now, you could say that rape victims often report feeling numb, but playing numb requires more than Stewart is capable of providing (cf. Rose McGowan's rape scene in The Doom Generation). I did like that the film primarily portrayed high school as the command-and-control hell that it usually is.
    Jim H Super Reviewer
  • Jun 19, 2010
    Who says Lifetime doesn't have good programming? Kristen Stewart does quite well as Melinda: the pre-trauma smiles and laughter; the post-trauma silence and distance. However, I can't help being overcritical of her. All her good performances are good in the same way, you know what I mean? Dead, unblinking eyes (except for that unfortunate period during which she blinked too much...), monotone voice, pretty girl with aura of mystery. She's certainly cast well, but I'm curious about her range.
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  • May 14, 2010
    Kristen Stewart at her best.
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