Dirty Girl Reviews

  • 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

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