The Unknown Girl (La fille inconnue) Reviews

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December 30, 2018
...the Dardennes' perplexing and out-of-character obligation to plot denies what could've been another feather in the brothers' cap.
March 6, 2018
...this film just doesn't quite gel.
December 29, 2017
Even the most attentive viewers to start wondering what's on the menu at the pub across the street. Such distracting thoughts may prevent learning the outcome, which bolts into the film at the speed of light, and fades away almost as fast.
October 2, 2017
The film is rarely more than a somewhat rote exercise in liberal self-flagellation.
September 29, 2017
The last thing one expected was for the Belgian Dardenne brothers to dote on a murder mystery, particularly one involving a medico turned amateur sleuth that's fraught with coincidence like so much of what's already out there.
September 22, 2017
The Unknown Girl is too indecisive about its goals to be either an involving mystery or a study of morality.
September 21, 2017
[Adlle] Haenel's deadpan performance makes this a tough sell, leaving only the common mechanisms of a suspense plot to move the drama forward.
September 8, 2017
An odd fusion of an earnest socially conscious drama and a B-movie mystery programmer that never quite comes together despite a strong performance from Adele Haenel at its center.
May 11, 2017
The premise is attractive, but the story unfolds away from emotion. [Full review in Spanish]
March 1, 2017
An interesting film because of its characters' development, and the performance of its protagonist, but will hardly be remembered among the most accomplished works from its directors. [Full review in Spanish]
December 27, 2016
The cast of social outcasts, immigrant victims and fitful Samaritans is very Dardennesque. Missing are the spark and sense of truth that make such components drama.
December 14, 2016
The Unknown Girl aims for higher narrative stakes than your average social realist drama, yet it is ultimately defeated by limited scope and underwritten characters.
December 4, 2016
The main issue, in the grim, rubbish-strewn naturalism of the film, is Jrmie Renier's overwrought performance and the abrupt third act reveal that he delivers.
December 2, 2016
Too often the Dardennes rely on their ultra-naturalistic style and socially aware themes to excuse some pretty contrived and unconvincing plotting. A rare misfire.
December 1, 2016
This account of a doctor trying to salve her conscience after an understandable professional misjudgement often feels conventionally melodramatic.
September 20, 2016
This is a left-footed and clumsily insistent work, exposing the worst aspects inherent to the Dardennes' style.
June 11, 2016
For a drama that strives for a sense of contemporary reality, the artifice of the plot overturns the directors' efforts.
May 21, 2016
[CANNES 2016] The Dardennes have created a new sub-genre. You've heard of neo-realism; well "The Unknown Girl" is neo-fakeism. This is cinema to slit your wrists to.
May 20, 2016
A too conventional script and a guilty motivation for the actions of the protagonist are not enough to make this a good film. [Full review in Spanish]
May 20, 2016
There are a couple of good ideas here, but nothing transcendent or exciting. It's basically like seeing the rain fall outside. [Full review in Spanish]
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