Girl Model


Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14

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  1. Reviewed by: Christopher Schobert
    Sep 5, 2012
    It deserves to be shown to teenagers, not necessarily as a warning, but at least as an eye-opener: This is how it works, kids. And it ain't pretty.
  2. Reviewed by: Elise Nakhnikian
    Sep 4, 2012
    The documentary makes you wonder about every beautiful woman who's ever stared out from a publication, poster, or billboard, looking sophisticated and self-assured.
  3. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Sep 5, 2012
    Girl Model shows that even though some models make big bucks, the global economy remains the same as it ever was: Those with nothing are seduced by the prospect of something, such that they hesitate to complain, lest they end up with less than nothing.
  4. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Sep 4, 2012
    Stopping just short of the devastating exposé it might have been (but plenty creepy).
  5. Reviewed by: Jonathan Crocker
    Sep 4, 2012
    The filmmakers stay back, observing, for a restrained, intimate and poignant result.
  6. Reviewed by: Ella Taylor
    Sep 7, 2012
    Unless this disingenuous creep of an agent actually believes his own propaganda, you have to wonder what possessed him to open himself to scrutiny by two filmmakers who are well-known for expose docs like "Mardi Gras: Made in China" and "Camp Katrina."
  7. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Sep 14, 2012
    Statistical evidence could have strengthened the film's anecdotal argument. But in Nadya's anticipation and Ashley's depressive, disingenuous soul searching, Girl Model captures something beyond hard facts: portraits of delusion, innocent and practiced.
  8. Reviewed by: Michelle Orange
    Sep 4, 2012
    The radiant sadness of its two subjects - one a soulfully impassive stripling, one a symmetrical husk - forms the center of Girl Model, and that is enough.
  9. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Oct 11, 2012
    A powerful documentary that, with a wider scope and a bit more shaping, could have been even more powerful, perhaps unbearably so. What's there is strong enough.
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  1. Apr 19, 2013
    The beauty of this documentary is that it exposes, in a very minimalist fashion, the seedy underbelly of the fashion industry. The mostThe beauty of this documentary is that it exposes, in a very minimalist fashion, the seedy underbelly of the fashion industry. The most interesting person is the former model cum fashion scout Ashley Arbaugh, who simultaneously derides the fashion industry for the manner in which it uses up young talent, while she scouts and profits off of this same dynamic. This documentary should be required viewing to show the deleterious effects of the modern obsession with appearance. Full Review »