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Based on 21 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    The film is mired in gloom, not just sadness, but heaviness. show more

  • 50
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Stylish, highly accomplished and, thanks to its severely restrained palette, mostly off-putting. show more

  • 75
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    A challenging film populated with characters who are depressed, on antidepressants, or strung out on mood-altering drugs, The Dead Girl is a downer with resonance. show more

  • 63
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    Darker than the shadow of death. show more

  • 70
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    By the movie's end, writer-director Karen Moncrieff's The Dead Girl delivers considerable emotional impact. But that doesn't mean you've enjoyed the journey. show more

  • 100
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    All behave in ways that may at first seem incomprehensible, but through Moncrieff's expert storytelling, each woman is finally rendered merely human. show more

  • 88

    Dark little indie thriller. show more

  • 63
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    The way Moncrieff has structured The Dead Girl, it's catnip for actors: Divided into five chapters, the script affords juicy roles requiring only a few days' work from each member of its impressive ensemble. show more

  • 38
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    What happens when several characters' lives intertwine with the maggot-infested corpse of a prostitute in The Dead Girl? A whole lot of crying. show more

  • 78
    Marjorie Baumgarten Austin Chronicle

    There is no surprise or justice or sense to the whole thing. Just sadness. And a sense of all the lonely people and where they all come from. show more

  • June 12, 2011 marciaslatkin
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    Haunting, provocative, and a tense, alert experience. Yes, there is the pleasure of piecing bits together, of seeing why crimes are never solved (evidence burned, taken as a keepsake, lied about), of uncovering layers -- which is brilliantly done. But then there is the sadness of all those imperfect but intense relationships -- and the questions they generate, fail to answer, and leave you thinking about, aching over. Well done! I wish I had written it!

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