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Towelhead Reviews

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Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
February 18, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 15, 2011
Towelhead isn't a movie, it's a loaded gun.
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
February 9, 2009
A philosophy of the appeal of innocence and perversion in a repressed world...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
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
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
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
Top Critic
Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
November 5, 2008
This movie will challenge you on a number of levels, including some beliefs you'd never thought you'd question.
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
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+
Top Critic
Tasha Robinson
Chicago Tribune
October 18, 2008
It's impossible to look away.
| Original Score: 3/4
James Verniere
Boston Herald
October 18, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Vic Holtreman
ScreenRant
October 18, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Top Critic
Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
October 18, 2008
Summer Bishil turns in a gutsy, quietly riveting performance as Jasira.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Julie Rigg
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
October 10, 2008
A gutsy, sometimes tragic, sometimes comic film about racist and sexist attitudes in middle America which have to be negotiated by a young teenage girl.
Mark Demetrius
FILMINK (Australia)
October 10, 2008
At times, the film feels like it will collapse under the weight of its twists and excesses, but somehow it manages to hang together.
Vicky Roach
Daily Telegraph (Australia)
October 10, 2008
As uncomfortable to watch as it is compelling, this film adaptation of Alicia Erian's novel is saved from mere ordeal status by a hopeful and uncliched ending.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jim Schembri
The Age (Australia)
October 10, 2008
[Ball] succeeds admirably and with dramatic force, blending themes of racism, liberalism, emotional betrayal, abuse, hate speech and pedophilia into a confronting adult drama peppered with shocks and black humour.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Paul Byrnes
Sydney Morning Herald
October 10, 2008
As confronting as the movie is, I saw it as hopeful and a caution, but I admit I'm biased towards freedom of expression. There are no questions of consent here, only one's preparedness to be confronted.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
October 6, 2008
If you love brave films that aren't afraid to step over the line, you might appreciate this.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
September 26, 2008
While it's onscreen, the film moves, incites, and jabs, all while reminding us how difficult it is to grow up female and sane in this world.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Top Critic
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
September 26, 2008
It's Ball's complex and frank approach to subject matter normally depicted in black-and-white terms that distinguishes Towelhead from so many coming-of-age dramas before it.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Mike Russell
Oregonian
September 26, 2008
The coming-of-age molestation drama Towelhead is beautifully acted and accomplishes exactly what writer/director Alan Ball set out to accomplish.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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