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Towelhead Reviews

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August 15, 2011
Towelhead isn't a movie, it's a loaded gun.
August 26, 2009
The discomfort zones of a young girl cry for sympathetic toughness, not Ball's snickering at pubic hair and clammy suburbanites
February 9, 2009
A philosophy of the appeal of innocence and perversion in a repressed world...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 30, 2008
Few may have paid attention during its theatrical run, but DVD should offer a whole new life to a smart, engaging film that genuinely has something worthwhile to say.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 26, 2008
Towelhead makes "American Beauty" look like a quaint suburban drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 17, 2008
As a director [Ball] amplifies the flaws in his own writing; his supporting characters are too broadly pitched to take seriously, and he tends to smack you in the face with the point of every scene.
December 11, 2008
There is hardly a scene that does not produce exquisite discomfort and a strong desire to be somewhere else.
November 26, 2008
Deftly sidesteps the muckraking and instead serves up an affecting drama about a lovely child who can't seem to catch a break from most of the adults surrounding her.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 12, 2008
Ball drops the poisonous little voodoo dolls he mistakes for characters into a ... realistic environment, as though that will somehow render his story more "serious."
November 5, 2008
It wasn't enjoyable at any level.
November 5, 2008
This movie will challenge you on a number of levels, including some beliefs you'd never thought you'd question.
October 28, 2008
An empty provocation that's about as classy and subtle as its title.
October 24, 2008
It is a multicultural Lolita that searches for, but still manages to miss, any redemptive core its source material may boast.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 24, 2008
It is certainly possible to make a transgressive movie about children in sexual jeopardy, and to do so in ways that realistically and intelligently depict the abuse while not revelling in it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
October 18, 2008
Ball knows how to fit his themes in seamlessly, weaving a charming, dark, funny, thoroughly entertaining parody of Americana.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
October 18, 2008
It's impossible to look away.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 18, 2008
Give Bishil props for a truly brave performance. Eckhart and Macdissi do what they can, as does Toni Collette as a concerned neighbor who tries to save Jasira from Eckhart. But the script isn't up to the actors.
October 18, 2008
Summer Bishil turns in a gutsy, quietly riveting performance as Jasira.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 17, 2008
It makes sense that the scenes are pitched between icky and titillating, but the lack of delicacy reduces everything to stock sordidness.
| Original Score: 2/6
October 12, 2008
Brings up some interesting points, but it's also too eager to shock and too eager to condemn.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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