Stephanie Daley

Stephanie Daley

Stephanie Daley

A shy 16-year-old Christian girl, played with tentative grace by Amber Tamblyn, is accused of killing her newborn baby. But did she even know of her pregnancy? Tilda Swinton, in a memorable powered-down performance, is the pregnant forensic psychologist sent to interview her. 

2007Rating: M, content may disturb90 minsUSA
Drama

Reviews & comments

Wall Street Journal

Wall Street Journal

press

With a calmness that bespeaks confidence, this small, spellbinding second feature by Hilary Brougher brings together two women, trapped in separate states of denial and distress, who manage to end each other's entrapment...

Variety

Variety

press

A taut, provocative, sometimes overreaching but always absorbing thriller...

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Without standing on a soapbox Stephanie Daley suggests a tragic gender gap between men who judge and women who feel...

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A muted psychological mystery where filmmaker Hilary Brougher's interest in "solving" a possible crime is superseded by her investigation into matters involving denial, free will and the physical and emotional burdens of pregnancy...

New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Intense and brilliant drama about the relationship between a young woman charged with murder and the psychologist assigned to work with her...

4.0
Newshub

Newshub

press

Both Swinton and relative newcomer Amber Tamblyn are just stunning in this film, bringing subtle yet powerful performances to a well crafted story...

3.0
Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

press

But while Brougher's extensive use of hand-held footage provides immediacy, the understated style and seemingly low production values rob it of some of its emotional impact. Likewise, Brougher's script lacks subtlety or surprise in establishing the emotional connections between the two main characters and leaves the two actresses with muddied, muddled backstories to their roles...

3.0
Wall Street Journal

Wall Street Journal

press

With a calmness that bespeaks confidence, this small, spellbinding second feature by Hilary Brougher brings together two women, trapped in separate states of denial and distress, who manage to end each other's entrapment...

Variety

Variety

press

A taut, provocative, sometimes overreaching but always absorbing thriller...

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Without standing on a soapbox Stephanie Daley suggests a tragic gender gap between men who judge and women who feel...

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A muted psychological mystery where filmmaker Hilary Brougher's interest in "solving" a possible crime is superseded by her investigation into matters involving denial, free will and the physical and emotional burdens of pregnancy...

New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Intense and brilliant drama about the relationship between a young woman charged with murder and the psychologist assigned to work with her...

4.0
Newshub

Newshub

press

Both Swinton and relative newcomer Amber Tamblyn are just stunning in this film, bringing subtle yet powerful performances to a well crafted story...

3.0
Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

press

But while Brougher's extensive use of hand-held footage provides immediacy, the understated style and seemingly low production values rob it of some of its emotional impact. Likewise, Brougher's script lacks subtlety or surprise in establishing the emotional connections between the two main characters and leaves the two actresses with muddied, muddled backstories to their roles...

3.0

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