The Girl


The Girl

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Struggling with the loss of her child to Social Services, a single mother is trapped in the quicksand of her south Texas life. When her path collides with a young girl from Mexico, she begins a journey that will change her life - discovering that she is the architect of her own fate and learning what it is that truly defines home. (c) Official Site


Critic Reviews for The Girl

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  • It's unfortunate that Riker's strong central character and evocative location work get undermined, at every turn, by a plot that not only springs zero surprises, but reduces the terror and loss of Cornish's charges to mere life lessons for her.

    Mar 7, 2013 | Rating: C+

    Scott Tobias

    AV Club
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  • The Girl enlightens with an unusual insight into the courage, durability and struggle of the Mexican people while taking the viewer on a guided tour of a piece of the country tourists never see.

    Mar 6, 2013 | Full Review…

    Rex Reed

    Top Critic
  • In all aspects, The Girl can't help it-this is headline-torn cinema du tearjerking at its most generic.

    Mar 5, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    David Fear

    Time Out
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  • Hernandez is soulful and affecting ... and Cornish embodies Ashley's self-centered character with nuance and subtlety.

    Dec 18, 2012 | Full Review…
  • "The Girl" wants to be eat-your-vegetables cinema, but vegetables are good for you. This misery fest is more like an eat-your-bark movie.

    Dec 14, 2012 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • There are moving moments as Cornish channels the slow self-enlightenment necessary for Ashley's character arc. And the actress is particularly good in the scenes with the promising young Hernandez.

    Dec 13, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Girl

  • Jun 22, 2015
    In "The Girl," Ashley(Abbie Cornish) has problems that extend just beyond her low paying job. Namely her DUI conviction that resulted in her son being put into foster care. So, she welcomes the opportunity to bond with her father(Will Patton) at his home in Mexico. After finding out what he does for money, namely smuggling people across the border in his truck, she gets some ideas of her own... Abbie Cornish deserves better than this. In the past she has shown much more promise and talent than here with "The Girl" where her character is mostly defined by a wonky Texas accent.(Will Patton is great, by the way.) At the same time, that's one of this sentimental and mawkish movie's lesser flaws, where the central point seems to be to prove that Ashley is really not such a terrible person after all. This is in a world where migrants have bigger problems than clueless white people.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 17, 2013
    I really liked this movie. If you are looking for an action-packed thriller, look somewhere else, though. This is a slower paced film about a flawed woman trying to correct her actions. The movie contrasts the sensibility and strength of a young Mexican girl, with the selfishness of the American woman. The very poor Mexican family lives with dignity, while she lives in squalor. This was a good, heartfelt film. Abbie Cornish turned in a lovely performance as always, and the little girl in this was adorable.
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer

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