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  • Summary: Martel intimately explores the burgeoning sexuality and religious fervor of two teenage girls, Amalia (Alche) and her best friend, Josefina (Zylberberg). Artfully piecing together a mosaic of nuanced details, fragments of sounds, and small moments, Martel creates a potent and specificMartel intimately explores the burgeoning sexuality and religious fervor of two teenage girls, Amalia (Alche) and her best friend, Josefina (Zylberberg). Artfully piecing together a mosaic of nuanced details, fragments of sounds, and small moments, Martel creates a potent and specific portrait of adolescent life. (Lita Stantic Producciones SA) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. Superbly cast, evocatively directed.
  2. The Holy Girl may occasionally frustrate your desire for clarity and order, but in the end it will reward your patience, and you leave the theater in a state of quiet awe.
  3. Takes a potentially explosive subject and does it subtly and perceptively.
  4. It's a document that suggests that the road to hell is paved with bad communication skills.
  5. 75
    The Holy Girl ends without resolution, but one isn't needed in this mature, thoughtful drama.
  6. A hauntingly lyrical study of sexual awakening.
  7. Feels like something I know is supposed to be good for me, but that I just couldn't stomach.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. MarcK.
    Dec 20, 2005
    2
    I rented this movie because of the high MetaCritic score. Instead, I saw one of the worst films of 2005. The first hour of the picture I rented this movie because of the high MetaCritic score. Instead, I saw one of the worst films of 2005. The first hour of the picture wasn't even necessary...hardly anything happened. And here I was hanging in there for the ending, only to see credits rolling! Other appropriate adjectives to describe this movie: excruciating, pointless and pretentious. Expand

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