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June 26, 2017
This film depicts Alfred Hitchcock's unhealthy obsession with a model he cast in the lead role of The Birds, Tippi Hedren. Toby Jones does a spot on job as Hitchcock, getting both the voice and the look right. Seanna Miller also does a great job as the increasingly fragile Tippi Hedren who suffers through Hitchcock's bullying to get the role of a lifetime. Unlike the other Hitchcock biopic starring Anthony Hopkins, this one paints Hitchcock it a much less favourable light, depicting him as a bully and sexual predator. How much is true with these biopics is always debatable but the film was entertaining and shocking. Worth seeing if you've ever enjoyed any of the man's films and a good comparison with the Anthony Hopkins version.
January 1, 2017
Beautiful performances and stunning Sienna Miller. However, I was disappointed to find out that this movie did not stand up to the truth of the story it was telling.
½ November 15, 2016
Overraskende god tv-film om Alfred Hitchcocks forhold til sin kone Alma og sine leading ladies, her specielt Tippi Hedren (Melanie Griffiths mor), som spillede med i Fuglene og Marnie og dagligt chikaneredes af det excentriske instruktørgeni. Hitchcock, som spilles overbevisende af Toby Jones, ender med at fremstå som en ynkelig og tragisk skikkelse, der ikke kan få filmtriumferne til at rime med afvisningerne fra de kølige blondiner, han gjorde til verdensstjerner.
½ November 3, 2016
Interesting to watch.....
½ August 18, 2015
Basada en testimonios de la actriz Tippi Hedren, "The Girl" busca revelar el lado oscuro del gran director Alfred Hitchcock a partir de su relación con la protagonista de "The Birds" y "Marnie". Sienna Miller interpreta a Hedren como una víctima que sufre sin mostrarnos otras facetas y Toby Jones es sorprendente encarnando a Hitchcock, pero reduciéndolo a un viejo pervertido. "The Girl" pudo haber sido una buena película si se arriesgara a tomar un tono gris y complejo sin degenerar en un melodrama sobre el acoso sexual.
½ January 20, 2015
Me pregunto si en realidad fué así. Interesante los detalles del rodaje de The Birds.
½ January 17, 2015
Toby Jones deserved an oscar for this.

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½ November 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.
September 8, 2014
Don't know if this is factual but it paints Hitch in a creepy light.
August 24, 2014
Sleazy character assassination at its worst, a film based on a story that has been proven a lie many times. Avoid.
July 11, 2014
This Hitchcock Biopic About How Hitchcock Managed To Destroy Both His Own & Model Tippi Hedren's Career, Is Great Viewing But Leaves The Viewer Wandering How Much Of This Is True. This Film Follows Hitchcock As He Casts Hedren As His New Leading Lady, Which Follows The Making Of 2 Films, The Birds & Marnie. The Story Is Interesting, And Portrays A Dark Side To The World Famous Director As He Starts An Obsession With Model Tippi Hedren. This Second Film Released In 2012, About Hitchcock Is A TV Movie Which Boasts Great Performances From It's British Cast, And Showcases Excellent Direction. This Is A Must See For All Hitchcock Fans, In Which Viewers Might Question The Events But Fans Of Drama, Will Appreciate What Is Being Done Here. An Excellently Made TV Movie & One That Rivals 2012's Hitchcock.
June 30, 2014
For most of the time, it lies there, totally inert and taking its sweet time to deliver very little.
June 29, 2014
Toby Jones, Sienna Miller, and Imelda Staunton are all superlative as Hitch, Tippy Hedren, Hitch's ever loyal but heartbroken wife, Alma Reville, respectively. However, this film which supposedly is an account of Hitch's and Hedren's rocky relationship during the filming of The Birds and Marnie, may in fact be an exaggerated fabrication. Here, Hitchcock is portrayed not just as obsessive and prone to some infatuation and cruelty towards his leading ladies, but also as a shameless sexual harrasser who tries to make ever more audacious quid pro quo demands from Hedren. Putting aside to what extent any of this happened, The Girl does struggle a bit to explain why Hedren would continue to put up with Hitch for the duration of two movie productions, but remains a fairly compelling drama nonetheless thanks to top notch performances, the evocative behind-the-scenes depictions of HItch's shooting methods, period detail, and handsome (made-for-tv) production values.
March 12, 2014
Who would've thought Alfred Hitchcock was a sexual predator, & asshole. Intriguing film.
March 7, 2014
Was Hitchcock a leering predator? History hasn't fully decided. There's evidence on both sides. Accurate or not, The Girl presents a lyrical and riveting case study of alleged sexual harassment in Old Hollywood to tremendous success. Toby Jones is an absolute standout, managing to make his Hitchcock as repellent and frightening as he is pitiable. This is some truly powerful work.
½ March 6, 2014
It tries to explore the darker side of Hitchcock but instead becomes an overdressed sexual harassment drama with awkward performances and tone that would make even the most over-the-top soap opera shake it's head in disapproval
February 27, 2014
it took me a while to review this film because as an admirer of hitchcock, it's very hard to accept the reality portrayed in it, not that the film was misrepresented and created a hitchcock that never existed, but it rightly portrays him abusing one of his many actresses. tippi was not the first to complain of hitchcock's abuse, but thankfully she was the last, even though it cost her career. the film is very simple, but due to text, direction and mostly performances, it's impeccable. the only defect was trying to delve into the depths of hitch (which no one but him and alma could know) other than that, the film was perfect from beginning to end and the main message was conveyed: the unhealthy and tormented mind of hitchcock was able to harass and even destroy a promising career like tippi's. in the end, hitch ended her but she also was able to strike him.
December 19, 2013
bio-pic of sorts about hitch and his demons but casting sienna miller is a 'kiss of death' OMG is she a horrible actress
½ November 28, 2013
This movie is about Alfred Hitchcock's supposedly obsession with Tippi Hedren. It's very strange, in a fascinating sort of way, but could have been a good movie instead of a very mediocre one. Toby Russell can't cut it as Hitch, so that is the huge fault.
½ October 21, 2013
Wow!! Is this the real Alfred Hitchcock?
When somebody perishes, immediately enters heaven (at least the first days) and if she/he was famous or a relevant filmmaker even more. Without going any further, we can see right now a brand new biopic about Steve Jobs, albeit the most ambitious project is the one Aaron Sorkin is to write, experts on the job and live of Steve Jobs believe it seems as if the Apple genius were somewhat a saint when he was not in reality therefore the stories we hear about famous people are far-fetched. In essence, it is extremely outrageous to discover the true personality of the master of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock, married all his life, felt extremely attracted to some of the female protagonists of his movies thus he could no forgive them their refusals Grace Kelly, Ingrid Bergman, Janet Leigh and on this occasion Tippi Hedren.
Nonetheless, the only one actress that has been critical of the British Director is Tippi Hedren as others actresses such as Kim Kovac or Doris Day have praised and defended Hitchcock, perhaps he only got mad about the grandmother of the future female protagonist of 50 Shades of Grey, who was obliged to be exclusively under his rule to the extreme she says Hitchcock destroyed her filming career, drive her to despair, was a misogynist and overly dangerous as Alfred Hitchcock was completely crazy The Girl explores this problematic relationship, fascination and obsession and we are able to discover everything Tippy Hedren suffered from while filming two famous Hitchcock´s movies Birds and Marnie.
In any way, Toby Jones makes a great performance acting as Alfred Hitchcock and Sienna Miller that was supposed to triumphed at the beginning of her filming career, renders one of her finest performances although The Girl is a movie intended only for Television, we hope she can be back in an important Cinema project because her movie career seemed very reliable when she appeared on Layer Cake or Alfie for instance, but she has become another unfulfilled star to date.
The Girl is a short movie but it is worthy inasmuch as you can see two splendid performances and it is very interesting to discover the true personality of Hitchcock, the human side or perhaps the side we are told to believe because it is only focused on the two movies Tippi Hedren made with him. Many people has critized severely this movie deeming even it as a failure or mistaken. In my opinion, more than the quality or the failures of the movie The Girl its biggest problem is that the story can no go further, it is focused on the relationship of the British filmmaker with the erstwhile model thus there are not many more aspects to talk about. Similarly, I do not truly think Tippi Hedren has the necessity of saying awful lies about Alfred Hitchcock therefore at least somewhat true we are to see.
Was really Alfred Hitchcock so obsessed with blondes or was it what movies demanded being only an artistic obsession? Nobody can clarify now this question however The Girl presents you two great performances and the real personality to some extent of one of the biggest personalities within the history Cinema Alfred Hitchcock.
Wow!! Is this the real Alfred Hitchcock?
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