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The Girl (2012)

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David Riker

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About the Movie

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.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 19
  • Fresh: 10
  • Rotten: 9
  • Average Rating: 5.3/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: What at first came across as a tale of dawning conscience increasingly starts to feel rigged. – Manohla Dargis, New York Times, Dec 13, 2012

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. – Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times, Dec 13, 2012

Fresh: Hernandez is soulful and affecting ... and Cornish embodies Ashley's self-centered character with nuance and subtlety. – Chris Packham, Village Voice, Dec 18, 2012

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. – Kyle Smith, New York Post, Dec 14, 2012

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Customer Reviews


Startlingly beautiful. The best movie I've seen in years.


Emotional,strong story,beautiful, a very great movie

Had Heart

I wanted more of a Hollywood ending, but that might have detracted. What I saw was real and poignant.

The Girl (2012)
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2013

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