• Network: HBO
  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 20, 2012
  • Season #: 1
Metascore
66

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic 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: Brian Lowry
    Oct 16, 2012
    90
    The way the movie unfolds is fascinating, featuring the best work of Miller's career, and Jones so inhabiting Hitchcock--trapped within his grotesque frame--as to quickly get past impersonation to a darker portrayal of genius.
  3. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Oct 19, 2012
    83
    The Girl ensures you'll never watch "The Birds" the same way again.
  4. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Oct 18, 2012
    83
    Film lovers will--possibly against their better judgment--love Jones' Hitch.
  5. 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.
  6. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Oct 17, 2012
    80
    Superb performances by Toby Jones as Hitchcock and Sienna Miller as Hedren keep the story alive and moving.
  7. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Oct 19, 2012
    75
    Real truths invariably come out, and this is a film that convincingly rings with them.
  8. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Oct 19, 2012
    75
    Graced by strong performances from Sienna Miller and Toby Jones as Tippi Hedren and Alfred Hitchcock, this backstage story of Hollywood sexual obsession is never less than enjoyable.
  9. Reviewed by: Linda Stasi
    Oct 19, 2012
    75
    Sienna Miller [is] halfway believable but missing what Hitchcock called "the volcano inside." Jones, however, is spectacular.
  10. Reviewed by: Daniel Goldberg
    Oct 18, 2012
    75
    The Girl doesn't aim to match Hitchcock's thrills or entertainment value, and its psychological insights are never truly cathartic. As a solidly well-measured portrait of a caged and ambitious young actress, however, it has a way of staying with you, especially the parts you'd rather erase.
  11. 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.
  12. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Oct 19, 2012
    70
    If you approach The Girl as a sliver, and don't expect a full serving, you are more apt to appreciate it.
  13. 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.
  14. Reviewed by: Troy Patterson
    Oct 23, 2012
    60
    This HBO original [is] clean and smart and dull.
  15. 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.
  16. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Oct 19, 2012
    50
    Neither the script nor the production is substantial enough to make the story quite stand on its own.
  17. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Oct 19, 2012
    50
    It's a small character study about a large man who comes off as a terrorizing buffoon.
  18. Reviewed by: Alessandra Stanley
    Oct 18, 2012
    50
    The music, costumes, lighting and even some camera shots--a shower head, a spiral staircase--all evoke classic Hitchcock movies like "Psycho," "Spellbound" and "Vertigo." But the film loses steam as soon as Hitchcock acts on his passion.
  19. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Oct 18, 2012
    50
    Miller is believably blonde, and that's about it. [22 Oct 3012, p.42]
  20. 40
    It plays more like a lavishly funded Lifetime movie.
  21. 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.
User Score
7.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User 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. Full Review »