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Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
April 5, 2013
A sentimental shift in the last reel of the film seems artificially designed to wrap up the story and demonstrate that a life lesson has been learned. It's when it's at its most contemplative that The Girl is at its best.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Charles Ealy
Austin American-Statesman
April 4, 2013
[Cornish] plays Ashley with a mix of guilt and determination. And the precocious Hernandez brings an equally stubborn quality to Rosa.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Brian Tallerico
March 21, 2013
There's a heartfelt tenderness for this troubled character on Riker & Cornish's part but it comes at the expense of realism or any serious answers to the questions raised by the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.0/5.0
Ethan Alter
Television Without Pity
March 8, 2013
The Girl is still more "good for you" than "good," but at least it supplements its feature-length lecture with a pair of good performances and a decent payoff.
Brian Orndorf
March 8, 2013
It's a spare film, but deeply felt and convincing, while bringing Cornish into a whole new light as an actress.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
March 7, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
March 6, 2013
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.
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David Fear
Time Out
March 5, 2013
In all aspects, The Girl can't help it-this is headline-torn cinema du tearjerking at its most generic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Brent Simon
February 23, 2013
Too limited in scope and too predictable to transcend its social-issue movie-of-the-week roots as a tearjerker designed to play on feelings of particularly maternal independent film fans.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Sarah Boslaugh
February 12, 2013
It's a tribute to Riker's skill as a writer and director that, even when Ashley is behaving in ways that should make her totally unlikeable, you don't completely write her off.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
January 6, 2013
Unsatisfying psychological study of a neglectful mother, failing in its quest for spiritual redemption.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Chris Packham
Village Voice
December 18, 2012
Hernandez is soulful and affecting ... and Cornish embodies Ashley's self-centered character with nuance and subtlety.
Chase Whale
December 15, 2012
The Girl splashes Abbie Cornish's fantastic acting, but the film is dead in the water.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
December 14, 2012
"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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
December 13, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
December 13, 2012
What at first came across as a tale of dawning conscience increasingly starts to feel rigged.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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December 13, 2012
A patient chamber piece about the emotional bruises left by poverty and neglect.
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
December 13, 2012
Writer-director David Riker's film is tough going, but worth it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Emanuel Levy
February 11, 2013
| Original Score: C+
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