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Based on 12 Reviews
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  • 60
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Writer-director David Riker's film is tough going, but worth it. show more

  • 80
    Jeannette Catsoulis NPR

    Written and directed by David Riker, who built his 1998 drama "La Ciudad" around immigrants in New York City, The Girl is stingy with backstory but rich with visual clues. show more

  • 63
    Slant Magazine

    Uses the perils of immigrating to this country without papers as a backdrop for a poor white American woman's bumpy path to enlightenment. show more

  • 63
    Rex Reed New York Observer

    The Girl sounds like a real mess. It isn’t. It’s just a slow, well-made human interest story on a very small scale, ultimately touching but as inconsequential as a slice of pineapple at a Hawaiian luau. show more

  • 25
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    If the poor really interested such filmmakers, these movies would have something to offer other than lugubriousness masquerading as seriousness, and clichés presented as hard truths. show more

  • 40
    David Fear Time Out New York

    In all aspects, The Girl can’t help it — this is headline-torn cinema du tearjerking at its most generic. show more

  • 50
    Marjorie Baumgarten Austin Chronicle

    In The Girl, writer/director David Riker returns to many of the same themes he pursued in his award-winning 1998 film "La Ciudad," which told the stories of four Hispanic immigrants living in New York City. Immigration is still very much on Riker’s mind, although he approaches it from a very different perspective this time. show more

  • 67
    Rodrigo Perez The Playlist

    Anyone who finds this conclusion a humanistic or socially reprehensible dealbreaker can hardly be faulted. Before these questionable issues come to a head and then falter in the finale, there is a lot of value in The Girl. show more

  • 70
    Village Voice

    Hernandez is soulful and affecting, though, and Cornish embodies Ashley's self-centered character with nuance and subtlety. show more

  • 60
    Betsy Sharkey Los Angeles Times

    There are moving moments as Cornish channels the slow self-enlightenment necessary for Ashley's character arc. And the actress is particularly good in the scenes with the promising young Hernandez. show more

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