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  • Summary: An unflinching tale about a young girl who suffers terribly at the hands of her stepfather.
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  1. Reviewed by: Godfrey Cheshire
    90
    The pic is a quality item earmarked for serious auds by its nonexploitative handling of potent material, the strong work of debuting helmer Anjelica Huston and striking perfs from young newcomer Jena Malone, Jennifer Jason Leigh and others.
  2. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    88
    Unforgettably, Bastard out of Carolina makes a bold statement about a little girl's grace under inordinate pressure.
  3. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    88
    Huston's movie seems to disappoint some who've read the novel, but the forlorn humanity that triumphs over the depravity and poverty is unforgettably affecting. [13 Dec 1996, p.1D]
  4. Reviewed by: Nancy Jalasca Randle
    75
    The genetic seeds of John Huston's gift are manifest in his daughter's direction of Carolina. Despite its sorrowful subject, Bastard Out of Carolina offers the deep satisfaction of material that rings true. [15 Dec 1996, p.5]
  5. Reviewed by: Michael Blowenm
    75
    Huston's direct style and subtle touch keep Bastard from becoming a sociological treatise. Not for a moment can we forget that these are people hurting people. [13 Dec 1996, p.C28]
  6. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    75
    Huston films the horrifying assault scenes to provoke disgust, outrage, fear and pity. She doesn't flinch. She refuses to soften the situation. Her Carolina is painful to watch. It's meant to be. [13 Dec 1996, p.65nc]
  7. The agonizing moments that convey what it's like for Bone to feel helpless and afraid of Daddy Glen even when he's not torturing her are where the art is. The pornographic violence is artifice. [13 Dec 1996]

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