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Towelhead Reviews

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September 19, 2008
I understand what the film is trying to do, but not why it does it with such crude melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 1, 2008
Ball falls prey to his own inadequacies and makes a movie audiences are going to feel awfully uncomfortable watching.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 12, 2008
As a first-time feature director, [Ball] seldom lets the material speak for itself.
August 26, 2009
The discomfort zones of a young girl cry for sympathetic toughness, not Ball's snickering at pubic hair and clammy suburbanites
September 26, 2008
It turns out that 'Towelhead' is not a slur, it's a directive. Putting towels over our heads, large enough to cover our faces, may be the preferred mode in which to view this film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
September 26, 2008
Alan Ball's flair for ironic drama is not the answer for Towelhead.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
November 5, 2008
It wasn't enjoyable at any level.
December 26, 2008
Towelhead makes "American Beauty" look like a quaint suburban drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 15, 2008
An episodic, muddled movie that never quite finds its way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
September 19, 2008
For a film that presents itself as a broadside against prejudice, Towelhead spends an awful lot of time flattering the prejudices of its audience.
September 9, 2008
First and foremost a grotesquerie.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
October 4, 2008
As a story, Jasira's deflowering and surrounding socialisation issues perhaps make for top reading, but as the film turns a mental image into concrete visuals, it requires much greater finesse to make it cinema
October 10, 2008
There seems to be a lot going on in this film, but somehow it's all rather unpalatable and unsatisfactory. The one thing you can say about it is that Aaron Eckhardt is very brave.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 11, 2008
Screenwriter Alan Ball is no stranger to daring stories, but in his awkward film directorial debut he seems unable to capture the soul of Alicia Erian's novel — and with a story like this, that's disastrous.
September 11, 2008
Indeed, Towelhead's biggest crime remains the blasť belief that audiences want to see a 13 year old engage in well defined adult behaviors.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/5
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+
September 11, 2008
Ball knows one trick, and it's sure over.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
September 23, 2008
Apparently, characters are supposed to be so racist, controlling, and narrow-minded, it's funny.
September 13, 2007
Nothing Is Private is transgressive without being effectively subversive, gutsy to no particular end. It simply lacks style, which counts for so much in this sort of thing.
September 29, 2008
...this loathsome movie sullies actors and audience alike...
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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