Metascore
52

Mixed or average reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Dec 13, 2012
    80
    Written and directed by David Riker, who built his 1998 drama "La Ciudad" around immigrants in New York City, The Girl is stingy with backstory but rich with visual clues.
  2. Reviewed by: Chris Packham
    Dec 18, 2012
    70
    Hernandez is soulful and affecting, though, and Cornish embodies Ashley's self-centered character with nuance and subtlety.
  3. Reviewed by: Rodrigo Perez
    Dec 18, 2012
    67
    Anyone who finds this conclusion a humanistic or socially reprehensible dealbreaker can hardly be faulted. Before these questionable issues come to a head and then falter in the finale, there is a lot of value in The Girl.
  4. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Mar 6, 2013
    63
    The Girl sounds like a real mess. It isn’t. It’s just a slow, well-made human interest story on a very small scale, ultimately touching but as inconsequential as a slice of pineapple at a Hawaiian luau.
  5. Reviewed by: Elise Nakhnikian
    Dec 9, 2012
    63
    Uses the perils of immigrating to this country without papers as a backdrop for a poor white American woman's bumpy path to enlightenment.
  6. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Dec 13, 2012
    60
    There are moving moments as Cornish channels the slow self-enlightenment necessary for Ashley's character arc. And the actress is particularly good in the scenes with the promising young Hernandez.
  7. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Dec 13, 2012
    60
    Writer-director David Riker's film is tough going, but worth it.
  8. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Mar 6, 2013
    58
    Writer-director David Riker, who previously made the accomplished 1998 Paisan homage The City (La Ciudad), has a great eye for detail: He sketches the narrow boundaries of Cornish’s sad life in Austin expertly while bringing a village square across the border to vivid life. He also gets another fine performance out of Cornish.
  9. Reviewed by: Marjorie Baumgarten
    Apr 3, 2013
    50
    In The Girl, writer/director David Riker returns to many of the same themes he pursued in his award-winning 1998 film "La Ciudad," which told the stories of four Hispanic immigrants living in New York City. Immigration is still very much on Riker’s mind, although he approaches it from a very different perspective this time.
  10. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Dec 13, 2012
    50
    What at first came across as a tale of dawning conscience increasingly starts to feel rigged.
  11. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Mar 6, 2013
    40
    In all aspects, The Girl can’t help it — this is headline-torn cinema du tearjerking at its most generic.
  12. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Dec 14, 2012
    25
    If the poor really interested such filmmakers, these movies would have something to offer other than lugubriousness masquerading as seriousness, and clichés presented as hard truths.

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