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  • Summary: A young Texas mother who loses her child to foster care begins smuggling Mexicans across the border with her father.
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  1. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Dec 13, 2012
    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
    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
    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: Joe Neumaier
    Dec 13, 2012
    Writer-director David Riker's film is tough going, but worth it.
  5. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Mar 6, 2013
    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.
  6. Reviewed by: Marjorie Baumgarten
    Apr 3, 2013
    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.
  7. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Dec 14, 2012
    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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