Metascore
67

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Oct 11, 2012
    63
    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.
  2. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Sep 14, 2012
    70
    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.
  3. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Sep 6, 2012
    60
    There are no supermodels or Cinderellas in this sadly compelling story, just predators and the impoverished dreamers who want to trust them.
  4. Reviewed by: Ella Taylor
    Sep 7, 2012
    75
    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."
  5. Reviewed by: Elise Nakhnikian
    Sep 4, 2012
    88
    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.
  6. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Sep 5, 2012
    83
    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.
  7. Reviewed by: Kate Taylor
    Sep 4, 2012
    50
    It is hard to know whether to applaud directors David Redmon and Ashley Sabin for exposing the underside of the fashion business – or demand they abandon their documentarian stance and rescue young Nadya on the spot.
  8. Reviewed by: Andrew Pulver
    Sep 4, 2012
    60
    This fantastically depressing film ought to be shown in school assemblies, or wherever impressionable pre-teens gather to discuss their dreams of media stardom.
  9. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Sep 4, 2012
    60
    That stink, like iffy contracts and child labor laws, remains unexplored. Filled with blind eyes and unspoken agreements, Girl Model opens a can of worms, then disdains to follow their slimy trails.
  10. Reviewed by: Christopher Schobert
    Sep 5, 2012
    91
    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.
  11. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Sep 4, 2012
    80
    Stopping just short of the devastating exposé it might have been (but plenty creepy).
  12. Reviewed by: Jonathan Crocker
    Sep 4, 2012
    80
    The filmmakers stay back, observing, for a restrained, intimate and poignant result.
  13. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Sep 4, 2012
    60
    While Girl Model falls a bit short in the delivery of hard facts and incriminating evidence, it more than makes up for that with its knotty psychological profile of Arbaugh.
  14. Reviewed by: Michelle Orange
    Sep 4, 2012
    70
    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.
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  1. Apr 19, 2013
    9
    The 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 »