A well-meaning, misbegotten frenzy of confused impulses.
A.O. Scott - New York Times
A feeble teenage-outcast movie set in 1987, Dirty Girl exists primarily as a vehicle for first-time writer-director Abe Sylvia's favorite Reagan-era jams.
Melissa Anderson - Village Voice
One can appreciate an artistic effort without actually endorsing it, which may be the most generous approach to Abe Sylvia's frustratingly uneven debut.
Elizabeth Weitzman - New York Daily News
Dirty Girl isn't nearly as messy or real or raw as it needs to be -- mostly it's just grubby with shopworn familiarity and glammed up with too many pop songs.
James Rocchi - MSN Movies
Dirty Girl is a bad movie with no insights that is broadly drawn and genuinely plagued by filthy dialogue. You don't laugh. You just wince, and wonder how the whole thing ever got financed.
Rex Reed - New York Observer
What begins as a politically incorrect, Mean Girls-esque satire constantly shifts tone and focus as director Abe Sylvia pursues a style as jumbled as his narrative.
Peter Debruge - Variety
If your sensibility is pure trashy camp, don't expect anyone not to laugh when you try to be earnest.
Kyle Smith - New York Post
Dirty Girl broadcasts its intent to be edgy and subversive - poking fun throughout at small-town, conservative attitudes toward sex and morality - without ever achieving subversion.
Bruce Demara - Toronto Star
Dirty Girl isn't. Sorry, but it's just faux grime, a thin layer of bad behaviour that wipes clean with a two-ply tissue to reveal the real movie beneath - all shiny sentimentality.
Rick Groen - Globe and Mail
A sweet 'n' sassy period comedy with a Juno sensibility and the soul of a Little Miss Sunshine.
Michael Rechtshaffen - Hollywood Reporter
The heavy eye shadow, cheesy clothes and stiffly flipped-out hair feel almost too mocking ... rather than serving as stylistic choices that make the characters feel like real people.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
[Sylvia's] attempts at situational humor on the road - including a stripping scene for Dozier as coming-out metaphor - fall embarrassingly flat.
Robert Abele - Los Angeles Times
Dirty Girl is an off beat gem that's well worth the bidding war it inspired at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival.
Kristal Cooper - We Got This Covered
...l feels like a Hollywood vision of the way the ignorant and unwashed comport themselves. It feels ugly and it made me sad.
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
A funny, poignant if slightly uneven coming-of-age story.
Jane Stevenson - Jam! Movies
The movie is all over the place, searching for an identity that proves almost entirely elusive.
John Hartl - Seattle Times
The film rolls downhill to Serious Town when Danielle finds her father, and although the performers are equipped to handle it, it gets more heavy-handed as it winds to a close.
Grae Drake - Movies.com
if you can't quite get behind a defiant diva and her queer companion, you'll find every moment of this motion picture a chore
Bill Gibron - Filmcritic.com
[VIDEO] "Dirty Girl" is such an inept attempt at abstinence propaganda that it should have the opposite effect on teen girls chomping at the bit.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
Enjoyable to a fault, Dirty Girl struggles at times with tone, unable to find an effective balance between scenes that border on farce and those with weightier themes.
Annlee Ellingson - Paste Magazine
It'd be hard to conceive of a movie more painstakingly comprised of dramatic filler.
Robert Levin - Film School Rejects
There's one scene in the film, keyed to the heartbreak anthem "Don't Cry Out Loud," that struck me as rocketing over the top and into the glitter stratosphere. I got over it, though.
Kurt Loder - Reason Online
Dirty Girl is much more fun when Danielle is behaving badly. Unfortunately, that only lasts about 20 minutes, and as soon as she befriends Clarke -- an unlikely situation in itself -- the fun ends.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Common Sense Media
This is an undeniably clumsy film, but a good heart beats inside its chest and that counts for something.
Ethan Alter - Television Without Pity
Undoubtedly this movie means something to its director and screenwriter - a former dancer making his feature-film debut. So why didn't he put more care into the period?
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
Social satire, heartbreaking family drama and a lot of toe-tapping 1980s music attempt to exist in the same space. Watching this movie is like eating a hot fudge sundae and lasagna in alternating bites.
Peter Hartlaub - San Francisco Chronicle
With luck, Temple will be able to get this movie expunged from her filmography, like a juvenile offense that is wiped from one's record when she comes of age.
Marshall Fine - Hollywood & Fine
It's difficult to transition from mocking characters to begging for our empathy
Geoff Berkshire - Metromix.com
Hits every note so squarely on the beat that in the end, it's nothing but square.
Stephanie Zacharek - Movieline
Writer-director Abe Sylvia reflects mid-'80s Middle America through a fisheye indie lens, and films don't get much uglier than this.
Scott Tobias - AV Club
Juno Temple and Jeremy Dozier are one of the most surprisingly sweet cinematic pairings in some time.
It's probably appropriate that a film about adolescent identity crises has trouble figuring out what it wants to be.
Ian Buckwalter - NPR
Totally engaging road movie, lit by ingratiating performances. An impressive directorial debut by Abe Sylvia.
David Noh - Film Journal International
But even if Dirty Girl is formulaic, it's constantly moving forward, and not just in the geographical sense.
Dirty Girl ultimately does establish itself as an enjoyable little crowd-pleaser that benefits substantially from the star-making work of its two leads.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
Temple does turn what's essentially a magical-hussy role into something more grounded and human. The rest of the cast isn't quite so lucky...
Alison Willmore - Time Out
For a movie hellbent on marketing itself as the seedy tale of a small-town tramp, Dirty Girl sure has an odd way of making good on its promise.
R. Kurt Osenlund - Slant Magazine