The Girl

Metascore
54

Mixed or average reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
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  1. 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.
  2. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Dec 13, 2012
    60
    Writer-director David Riker's film is tough going, but worth it.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Dec 13, 2012
    50
    What at first came across as a tale of dawning conscience increasingly starts to feel rigged.
  6. 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.

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