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  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 20, 2012
  • Season #: 1
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  • Summary: Alfred Hitchcock's (Toby Jones) obsession with actress Tippi Hedren (Sienna Miller) during the filming of The Birds and Marnie is explored in this biopic.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Movie/Mini-Series
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
  1. Reviewed by: Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Oct 19, 2012
    90
    [The best way] to view The Girl as an exquisitely lurid morality play in the Hitchcock style.
  2. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Oct 19, 2012
    83
    The Girl ensures you'll never watch "The Birds" the same way again.
  3. Reviewed by: Joanne Ostrow
    Oct 19, 2012
    80
    The Girl, directed by Julian Jarrold, impeccably re-creates the film technology of the time. It also delivers a psychologically astute reading of one of Hollywood's more bizarre entanglements.
  4. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Oct 19, 2012
    70
    At just 90 minutes, The Girl can feel rushed and only occasionally convinces us that an actual movie is being made--this is so focused on Hitch-and-Tippi you'd think The Birds was a one-woman show.
  5. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Oct 16, 2012
    67
    This TV movie directed by Julian Jarrold focuses on the making of The Birds and Marnie, not two of the filmmaker's finest, and depicts Hitch as a self-pitying lecher. He might have been, though here, he's a dull one.
  6. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    Oct 23, 2012
    60
    It's disappointing that this is a diverting curio rather than a deep plunge into the cold waters of obsession.
  7. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Oct 18, 2012
    25
    It creeps and creeps in a very petty pace until it puts itself out of its misery, and ours.

See all 21 Critic Reviews

Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Dec 27, 2012
    9
    For lovers of the master of suspense this will certainly be an eye opener. As presented here Alfred **** was a sadistic, probably impotent lech who put leading lady Tippi Hedren through hell whilst making classic films 'The Birds' and 'Marnie' The film pulls no punches in depicting an uncomfortable scenario for both characters and viewers alike. Because the film is so expertly written and directed, one is compelled to keep watching with growing unease as to where the director's obsession with his leading lady will go. Toby Jones is excellent as Hitch capturing certain mannerisms and vocal cadences whilst not being an exact copy of his subject physically. Sienna Miller gives a career best performance as the ice blond actress. She at first presents her as vibrant and full of life. Then, as her relationship with Hitch degenerates, she brings to the fore her confusion, vulnerability and lack of confidence. Miller is a revelation here and certainly looks the part. The film looks fantastic and recreational moments of the original films are credibly presented. The music score also enhances the mood of the piece and the tension generated on screen between the two protagonists. The whole thing is a wonderful conceit that should only be avoided by **** purists who refuse to believe that such an artist could have no dark side. Expand

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