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The Girl on the Train Reviews

October 10, 2016
The Girl on the Train is not weirdly great, or even good, though it doesn't really aim to be, positioning itself unabashedly as a knock-off Gone Girl.
October 10, 2016
Nothing is duller or more stifling, as a rule, than people who wish to make it perfectly plain how stifled they feel by their dull suburban existence.
October 8, 2016
If it came across your desk, you would probably give it a C-, along with feedback on how to improve on the next assignment.
October 7, 2016
The flashback structure isn't wholly satisfying, and the climax leaves an abundance of questions, so much so that the movie might have benefited either from taking the time to further flesh those revelations out or stripping them down.
October 7, 2016
Tate Taylor's new adaptation of The Girl on the Train takes the worst parts of the novel (excruciating dialogue, paper-thin plotting, ludicrous twists) and amplifies them.
October 7, 2016
The Girl on the Train plods along, playing like a lifeless wax museum version of a real thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
October 7, 2016
Blunt, who can be quite marvelous in movies, spends most of the film looking haggard and sozzled; the rest of the cast, with the exception of Allison Janney as a police investigator, is dull. The plot twists, such as they are, are garbled and predictable.
Full Review | Original Score: C
October 7, 2016
What's frustrating is that if you stare at The Girl on the Train hard enough, you can just about make out what the writer and director were trying to do.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 7, 2016
A filmmaker has a feel for this kind of storytelling or doesn't, and the people behind The Girl on the Train don't.
October 7, 2016
It may be enjoyed most by the few who do not know the book, or perhaps read it drunk and forgot it completely, while its fans may be going for something more like ritual re-enactment purposes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 7, 2016
Whatever the locomotive power of the novel, this film adaptation only limps into the station.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 7, 2016
The cast, especially Blunt and Bennett, turn in fine, layered performances, and keep the "Train" on its tracks. Even if you know the story already, it's well worth the ride.
Full Review | Original Score: B
October 6, 2016
The Girl on the Train is a fun ride, despite its failings.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 6, 2016
The film never quite succeeds, simply because the book's core virtues do not lend themselves to cinema.
Top Critic
October 6, 2016
The Girl on the Train isn't as interested in exploring the dark consequences of Rachel's jealousy and rage. It's too busy teasing out other scenarios for the sake of it.
October 6, 2016
Taylor isn't able to believably blend the overlapping perspectives and The Girl on the Train comes across as a flat, predictable puzzle whose characters flip from one extreme to another.
October 6, 2016
The only reason to endure this dismal story is to watch Blunt strut her stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 6, 2016
Some books just can't make the leap from page-turning read to big-screen attraction.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 6, 2016
Although The Girl on the Train is a serviceable thriller, it's hard not to see it as something of a disappointment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 6, 2016
It has about as many twists and turns as an L. The third act of a movie shouldn't make you feel as though the first two acts were a waste of time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 6, 2016
Like the Fincher movie, this plays with the idea that the hero may actually be the villain; unlike the Fincher movie, which was built like a Swiss watch, this gradually turns into a tangle of flashbacks as it races toward a fairly predictable conclusion.
October 6, 2016
Attempting to capture this woman's perennially sozzled state in visual terms, Taylor lets the camera wobble to and fro, punctuates the story with jarring cuts to black, and resorts to slow-motion with amateurish abandon.
Top Critic
October 6, 2016
The film is polite when it should be wicked -- it's melodrama that thinks it's saving lives, like it drank too much chardonnay
Full Review | Original Score: C
October 6, 2016
It's a movie that chugs along, smoothly and uneventfully, until it pulls into a station that could have been seen from a mile away, had you not already been lulled just to the edge of sleep.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
October 6, 2016
Regardless of how familiar you are with Hawkins' plot, there's pleasure in seeing the jigsaw pieces come together. The film's construction is evocative and fluid, the plotlines of the three women entwining in ways that amplify each one.
October 6, 2016
It is a somber slog through the lives of one miserable wretch after another.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
October 6, 2016
"The Girl on the Train" is a taut psychological thriller, just as tense for those who already know its conclusion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 6, 2016
A flat and suspense-free tale of pretty people in peril.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
October 6, 2016
Preposterous and slightly cheesy, like an "erotic thriller" from the 1990s.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
October 6, 2016
"The Girl on the Train" deserves to be a minor guilty-pleasure hit, for its performances and hot-house plotting, and for its keeping of the compact of classic women's films, where the heroine most wronged turns out to be most right.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 6, 2016
It's artificial without a hint of intentional fašade: No home looks lived in and no conversation feels like it could have occurred outside of a laboratory environment.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
October 6, 2016
There's a lot to recommend it, most notably a quavering, magnetic central performance by Emily Blunt.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 5, 2016
As sour and slippery as it is polished and pretty.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
October 5, 2016
There's always something to be said for an entertainment that sustains its nuttiness all the way to its twisty finish.
October 5, 2016
"The Girl On the Train" may be too idiosyncratic and moody to get the credit it deserves, but if there's any justice, Emily Blunt should be up for awards consideration at the end of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 5, 2016
It's shiny trash that begins with promise but quickly gets tripped up by its own screenplay and grows increasingly ludicrous and melodramatic, to the point where I was barely able to suppress a chuckle at some of the final scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 5, 2016
The major whodunit here is who made a best-selling thriller so darn boring.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
October 5, 2016
A crushingly perfunctory literary adaptation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 5, 2016
The movie gives away the game faster than the novel, but Emily Blunt digs so deep into the role of a blackout drunk and maybe murderer that she raises 'Girl' to the level of spellbinder.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 5, 2016
All aboard the lackluster express.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 4, 2016
If the version of the story we imagine for ourselves proves more interesting than the one on screen, that's not necessarily a complaint. Hawkins, at least, deserves credit for devising a game that lets us all play along.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 4, 2016
Wilson brings themes that are latent in the book to the surface in the film, exposes them to the harsh light to make them visually, cinematically real.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 4, 2016
[Taylor] has, along with screenwriter Erin Cressida Wilson, brought the page-turner to screen with all the unexciting competency of a commuter-rail dispatcher.
October 3, 2016
The real mystery: How did a spine-tingling bestseller turn into a plodding Lifetime-esque melodrama that's devoid of suspense?
October 3, 2016
Drowning in her own sorrow and mascara, Emily Blunt plays the title role in The Girl on the Train in this much-anticipated transfer to the screen of Paula Hawkins's bestselling thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 3, 2016
Blunt gives Rachel multiple dimensions -- we could never view her as just a stewy mess. But the movie's surprise (or perhaps not-so-surprising) twist doesn't serve its lead character well, at best merely justifying her stalkerish behavior.
October 3, 2016
When you've been spoiled by the dark, meticulous David Fincher lending his artistry to paperback potboilers with "Girl" in the title -- even when they're not his best work -- Taylor's flat commercial instincts make for diminishing returns.
October 3, 2016
[Taylor] deftly translates the bleak, raw-boned menace and tricky time signatures of Train's intertwined plotlines, and draws remarkably vivid performances from his cast, particularly his two female leads.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
October 3, 2016
Fans of Paula Hawkins's thriller might find themselves sticking to the book.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 3, 2016
The puzzle of how the various personal and narrative pieces will eventually fit together exerts a smidgen of interest, but the characters are so dour and un-dimensional as to invite no curiosity about them.
October 3, 2016
It clearly aspires to the gourmet delicacies of the recent "Gone Girl," its married angst interrupted by bursts of violence. But a slightly convoluted script, a few flat casting choices and some uninspired direction leave it short.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 3, 2016
As a big-screen thriller, "The Girl on a Train" is just so-so, but taken as 112 minutes of upscale psychodramatic confessional bad-behavior porn, it generates a voyeuristic zing that's sure to carry audiences along.
October 3, 2016
Imagine if Gone Girl had been directed by the guy who made The Help.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
October 3, 2016
Despite the occasional shot of piss-soaked knickers, there's something a bit too tasteful about 'The Girl on the Train'.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5