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The Exploding Girl

HD   NR Closed Captioning

Bradley Rust Gray

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About the Movie

Zoe Kazan carries this indie romance from writer-director Bradley Rust Gray with her finely nuanced performance as Ivy, a college student who uses her Brooklyn spring break sojourn to reevaluate her life and loves. With her current relationship fizzling out via cell phone, Ivy finds herself rethinking her longtime platonic friendship with best pal Al (Mark Rendall).

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 36
  • Fresh: 27
  • Rotten: 9
  • Average Rating: 6.5/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Mr. Gray's achievement -- and Ms. Kazan's, too -- is to make you care enough about Ivy to be curious about her. But The Exploding Girl can also make you feel bad about wishing that she were just a little more interesting. – A.O. Scott, New York Times, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: Gray has an artful, understated way of conveying what's going 
on inside, often simply by focusing his camera on Kazan. And the actress has a unique capacity for projecting the complexity of feminine stillness. – Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly, Mar 25, 2010

Fresh: Sometimes a carefully placed pinprick can stay with you longer than a heavier, clumsier blow, and so it is with Bradley Rust Gray's delicately done but indelible The Exploding Girl. – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: Avoiding allegorical cliches, Gray turns the frustrations of epilepsy into an effective metaphor for non-epileptic youthful paralysis, and the inevitable "explosion" into the culmination of all those growing pains – Karina Longworth, Village Voice, Jul 7, 2010

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Customer Reviews


Waste of time and (mostly) money, on watching this movie! There's no story into it! A girl about to break up with her boyfriend (who we never see him), and her best friend, obviously about to discover that she is in love for him.

The Exploding Girl
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2010

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