Mixed or average reviews - based on 7 Critics What's this?

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  • Summary: Set in Glasgow, Scotland, the film is about a girl called Eve who is in the hospital dealing with some emotional problems and starts writing songs as a way of getting better. Songwriting becomes her way forward, leading her to the City where she meets James and Cassie, two musicians each at crossroads of their own. What follows is a story of renaissance over the course of a long, dream-like Summer. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Reviewed by: Katherine Kilkenny
    Jan 24, 2014
    God Help the Girl doesn’t quite succeed in convincing the viewer to toss conventional character development out the window, it still has its moments.
  2. Reviewed by: James Rocchi
    Jan 26, 2014
    Murdoch’s film is fraught with ambition and aspiration, but a little thin on talent and technique.
  3. Reviewed by: Xan Brooks
    Jan 24, 2014
    God Help the Girl comes loose and easy, verging on the slipshod. It's warm and generous, verging on the sentimental; a film that crystallises the best and worst of Belle and Sebastian's songwriting skills.
  4. Reviewed by: Ian Freer
    Aug 18, 2014
    As Marmite-y as Stuart Murdoch's music, you'll find it either winningly charming or irritatingly fey. Either way, its warmth shines through.
  5. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    Jan 24, 2014
    It will be up to viewers to decide whether God Help the Girl is ingratiatingly naive art, gratingly inept art, or a bit of both.
  6. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    Jul 17, 2014
    The wistful pleasures are stretched awfully thin at almost two hours in a film that blurs the line separating self-irony from tiresome self-consciousness.
  7. Reviewed by: Rodrigo Perez
    Jan 24, 2014
    A major gaffe, God Help The Girl finds a great artist taking on a huge challenge and stumbling painfully on its ambition almost every step of the way.