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  • 63
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    The heart of the movie is really in Jasira's moments with her father, a mass of contradictions that Macdissi plays with comic ferocity and genuine feeling. show more

  • 25
    Ruthe Stein San Francisco Chronicle

    So disturbing it makes you uncomfortable watching it. show more

  • 50
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    The potency of the acting is also undercut by leaden pacing and a sense of claustrophobia. show more

  • 40
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    As a first-time feature director, though, he (Ball) seldom lets the material speak for itself. Every shot is a statement, every scene sells an attitude. show more

  • 88
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    The result is a movie about the many forms of social and sexual abuse that does not make the abusee a victim but victor. show more

  • 20
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Ball knows one trick, and it's sure over. show more

  • 90
    Michael Rechtshaffen The Hollywood Reporter

    Alternately disturbing, laceratingly satirical and affectingly poignant, the film, which he adapted from the novel, Towelhead, by Alicia Erian, is very much a companion piece to the Ball-penned "American Beauty" in its unwavering examination of the dirty little secrets and raging hypocrisies lurking just beyond all those manicured suburban lawns. show more

  • 55
    Bob Mondello NPR

    The performances are nicely calibrated, even when the director isn't meshing them into a persuasive whole. Summer Bishil makes Jasira an appealing naif -- smart, precocious and curious, if too easily led by hormones. show more

  • 100
    Premiere

    To call Towelhead exploitative is to miss the point. What made Towelhead the novel so extraordinary was the honesty in Jasira's adolescent narrative voice, the genuine way she misguidedly, but honestly, conflates the sexual attention she receives with the parental affection she really needs. With the film, Ball, though he drops the book's first person narration, is faithful to that voice. show more

  • 88
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    The movie puts Jasira -- and the audience -- through the wringer, but it also makes the ride worth it. show more

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