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More than a decade after his acclaimed debut The City (La Ciudad) – a quartet of stories about Spanish-speaking immigrants in New York – director David Riker travels south of the border for his long-awaited follow-up, The Girl. In a performance of staggering power, Abbie Cornish (Bright Star, Seven Psychopaths) stars as Ashley, a single mother trying to hold her life together after losing custody of her son. Desperate for cash, Ashley attempts to smuggle a Mexican family across the border. But when the crossing ends in tragedy, Ashley is stranded with a young girl desperate to find her family. The harrowing, moving and ultimately hopeful journey that ensues takes us deep into the heart of Mexico, and of a woman trying to make amends for her troubled past.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 13
- Fresh: 5
- Rotten: 8
- Average Rating: 4.8/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: What at first came across as a tale of dawning conscience increasingly starts to feel rigged.
Fresh: 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.
Rotten: "The Girl" wants to be eat-your-vegetables cinema, but vegetables are good for you. This misery fest is more like an eat-your-bark movie.
Startlingly beautiful. The best movie I've seen in years.
I wanted more of a Hollywood ending, but that might have detracted. What I saw was real and poignant.
Emotional,strong story,beautiful, a very great movie