The Girl 2012

The Girl

Critics Consensus

The Girl may be too prosaic to properly evoke its subject, but sterling performances by Toby Jones and Sienna Miller bring to life one of cinematic history's most horrific abuses of power.

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Famed director Alfred Hitchcock (Toby Jones) obsesses over actress Tippi Hedren (Sienna Miller) while filming "The Birds."

Cast

Sienna Miller
as Tippi Hedren
Toby Jones
as Alfred Hitchcock
Imelda Staunton
as Alma Hitchcock
Penelope Wilton
as Peggy Robertson
Candice D'Arcy
as Josephine Milton
Carl Beukes
as Jim Brown
Conrad Kemp
as Evan Hunter
Kate Tilley
as Rita Riggs
Leon Clingman
as Ray Berwick
Patrick Lyster
as Bob Boyle
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Critic Reviews for The Girl

All Critics (44) | Top Critics (26) | Fresh (31) | Rotten (13)

  • Sienna Miller is lovely as Hedren, a fresh-faced beauty with a reserve that made her seem sculpted from marble.

    August 5, 2020 | Full Review…
  • The Girl could have been a great movie, but the screenplay turns Hedren into a paragon of female strength and morality... And then there's Sienna Miller. Halfway believable but missing what Hitchcock called "the volcano inside."

    August 5, 2020 | Full Review…
  • There's ultimately not enough imagination, enough art, in The Girl to justify its having been made.

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  • To play her, a better choice could not have been made than Sienna Miller, who is even lovelier than Hedren was.

    August 5, 2020 | Full Review…
  • It started off in a gently mischievous vein, allowing the viewer to tune in to the brilliance of the impersonations. But then it turned dark.

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  • It is far more creepy than most of Hitchcock's work. That's not to say it's a good movie, but it is disturbing in a crude manner.

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Audience Reviews for The Girl

  • Nov 11, 2014
    Setting aside the intricacies of the actual events that took place, this film just isn't as well constructed as its contemporary "Hitchcock." Most of what I found wanting in this film were the performances from both Jones and Miller, who come off as stiff, unyielding caricatures of Hedren and Hitchcock. Besides that I just didn't find the plot to be very suspenseful. The relationship between these two iconic figures just didn't play well onscreen. It's unsettling and mostly creepy to watch Hitchcock stumble through his yearnings for Hedren. There's supposed to be some level of warmth and comradery to their relationship, since they stick together long enough to make "The Birds" but I didn't get that at all. There's very little point to making this film, as much of it is unsubstantiated, or so subtle that it's unwatchable. I don't believe I am completely biased, I just didn't enjoy watching a relationship that didn't seem obsessive, only abusive. If Hitchcock had been better portrayed, and all his obsessions really gone into, this would have been much more sinister and reflect what the filmmakers were going for.
    Spencer S Super Reviewer
  • Mar 29, 2013
    Good movie. True? I don't know. I have read some things stating that she may have made some, or most, of it up. Still a decent movie that I found very interesting, though. It makes complete sense to me that Alfred Hitchcock was a strange man. He had to be to develop the type of movies that he did...
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer
  • Jan 05, 2013
    Hitchcock is a better film but the Girl is worth checking out as well. Toby Jones makes a good Hitchcock even if he makes him seem strange and creepy. What I mostly like is the insight on the making of the Birds.
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