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Based on 27 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 13 )
  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    This is a movie about power, and its spectacle is that of a woman losing all of it. show more

  • 63
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    If not for Sienna Miller's engaging portrayal of Edie Sedgwick, Factory Girl would have little to offer. show more

  • 63
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    For Hickenlooper and Mauzner, Sedgwick is more interesting for whom she slept with than who she was. Their movie may indict Warhol for exploiting Sedgwick, but they're just as guilty. show more

  • 63
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Miller and Pearce are admirably determined to do their complex characters justice, but the generic script turns them into enigmatic symbols, locked in a hollow time capsule. show more

  • 60
    Sheri Linden The Hollywood Reporter

    Director George Hickenlooper captures the energy and ultra-irony of Warhol's scene, but his attempts to give the film a conventional biopic arc end up wallowing in dime-store psychology. show more

  • 75
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    Miller is wincingly good at playing up the innocence. show more

  • 50
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    It's lively but chaotic and evasive. The period re-creation switches on and off. We get a sense of what the silver-walled Factory was like, but not the rest of swinging Manhattan in the '60s. show more

  • 50
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    Despite, or perhaps because of, a flurry of 11th-hour recutting and reshoots -- the film feels rushed and unfocused. show more

  • 50
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    The movie ends up feeling superficial and mechanical. Warhol is a cut-and-dried villain rather than a complex individual. show more

  • 38
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    Factory Girl is not, strictly speaking, a bad movie. It's something worse: an irredeemably banal drama about some of the most protean, contradictory creative forces of the 1960s. show more

  • May 22, 2008 steepravine
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    If the people involved in this project had wanted to tell the truth about Edie, they would have corroborated their "facts", which they clearly did not. \n\nLet's see now... Edie was never a heroin addict. They forget to mention she was bipolar years before the syndrome was accepted in the United States. Her brothers, Minty and Bobbie, and her father never molested her. She was bulimic, not anorexic. Minty was heterosexual, not homosexual. Bobby's death was an accident. Edie's death was an accident. Her maternal grandmother never drank alcohol. Her parents and her siblings never abandoned her. Her mother was never institutionalized and she is buried right next to Edie. Edie never had a 'ring' from Dylan.\n\nShe was never pregnant by Dylan. She was never in love with Warhol or Dylan. She didn't have electroshock therapy until the last two years of her life. Edie was horrified about Vietnam and constantly in fear that her brothers would be sent to war. The list of misrepresentation goes on and on and on.\n\nMost of Edie's family and friends refused to participate in this movie. Jean Stein refused to seel the rights to the memorial book on Edie to the makers of this movie.\n\nCan I give a minus five star opinion of this supposed "biopic"?

  • May 22, 2008 Nick
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    In the beginning it seemed to be a little slow moving , but quickly after it took off and I found myself intrigued by the times it was suppossedly part of. The sad part is that it moved me so that the next day I wanted to find out more about Edie.Unfortunately Warhol has blocked her out of his past of which she seemed to be such a part of. If you are a hippie or flower child raised , or you experienced those times it makes for good watching .

  • May 22, 2008 tucketnan
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    Why would that be - because of the Warhol museum?????

  • May 22, 2008 nooner706
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    i was completely capitvated by this movie. i found it to be extremely fascinated. i left the movie in a state of shock and awe. sienna miller portrayal of edie sedgwick was fantastic especially considering the demands of the role. i think guy pearce did a fabulous job of playing andy warhol, but i think it was the mistake of the director to portray warhol as such a cut and dry character who was purely evil. warhol was a complex person, and i would have liked to have seen more of that in the film. hayden christensen had the difficult role of playing a major icon in every sense except for the name. i think the fact that legal issues can get in the way of making a true character is extremely sad. i also feel like the director did a poor job of really capturing the whole atmosphere of the sixties underground scene. so in sort, amazing acting, fabulous characters, fascinating story, but the directing left something to be desired. the end.

  • May 22, 2008 tattedup11
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    I didn't intend to see the movie when I first saw the trailer but was curious about the culture from which it was spun. I'm glad I took a chance on it because the content and characters were fascinating and well acted out. You must be open and aware of the struggles of the art world when it was breaking out to different realms. I found myself in awe as the movie progressed. Very emotional scenes! I liked the way the characters were defined but still had mystery looming among the multiple relationships of the main characters. You know how some movies either give you too much or not enough...this flick was just RIGHT! It made me want to do additional research on the characters and dig deeper to really try and establish the relationships between all the characters. Matter of fact, think I will do that now. Go see the movie or wait til it hits the video store, just don't miss out on it! Kudos to Sienna and the rest of the cast!

  • May 22, 2008 neareaster
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  • May 22, 2008 kjkennybro
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    I will be honest I only went to see Hayden Christensen who apparently was in the who movie for 20 minutes.....sad story about a young lady lloking to be loved!!

  • May 22, 2008 arealoneofakind
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    Drugs and Screwing That's what this sick movie is about. To me I want both my time and money back. No way can I recommend anyone see this.

  • May 22, 2008 roblac23
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    Have you even been drinkin something so good that you just had to tip the cup back and look at it? Well that's how good this movie was

  • May 22, 2008 chasbeebe
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    I normally agree with critics' opinions, but not on this film. I think any film that provokes thought after I've left the theater is a good one, and Factory Girl certainly does that. The movie is not for everyone, because it deals with drug addiction and the amoral world of "artists at the edge". But more importantly than this, it deals with the choices we make in life, and their repercussions. 4 stars for a terrific film with great performances by Sienna Miller and Guy Pearce.


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