The Dead Girl

The Dead Girl

The Dead Girl

The life of a lonesome caretaker (Toni Collette) is turned upside down when she stumbles upon the body of a murdered girl. This discovery may provide closure for a forensics graduate student (Rose Byrne), whose sister went missing when she was a child. A housewife (Mary Beth Hurt) makes a disturbing connection between the body and her own husband, which leads her to take dark and decisive action. A mother (Marcia Gay Harden) desperately searches for answers about her runaway daughter’s life and finds answers in one of her troubled young friends. A volatile young woman (Brittany Murphy) goes on an odyssey to get a birthday present to her little girl. Together, these stories paint a devastating portrait of several women whose lives are linked by a single act of violence.

2007Rating: R16, Contains violence, offensive language and sex scenes93 minsUSA
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Variety

Variety

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More ambitious than her 2002 debut, "Blue Car," Moncrieff's new film maintains her focus on women, expanding to include a range of ages, circumstances and psychologies. Picture's drama, however, is deliberately fractured into a quintet of stories that vary considerably in their overall impact...

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The New York Times

The New York Times

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Just when it seems as though the language of insult and humiliation couldn’t get any nastier, the movie escalates the barrage...

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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By the movie's end, writer-director Karen Moncrieff's The Dead Girl delivers considerable emotional impact. But that doesn't mean you've enjoyed the journey...

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Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

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The film is also an impressive showcase for a large ensemble cast that also includes Josh Brolin, James Franco and Kerry Washington. The standout, however, is Hurt, who gives an almost unbelievably courageous performance as the movie's least sympathetic character...

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San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

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The film is mired in gloom, not just sadness, but heaviness...

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Newshub

Newshub

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The Dead Girl is not for date night, and its not your pick if you've had a had a bad week and need some cheering up. It's sad, bleak and harrowing and laced with just a whisper of hope...

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Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

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Handheld cameras, landscapes drained of colour and dim lighting may create a mood, but here the gloom never really lifts...

3.0
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Variety

Variety

press

More ambitious than her 2002 debut, "Blue Car," Moncrieff's new film maintains her focus on women, expanding to include a range of ages, circumstances and psychologies. Picture's drama, however, is deliberately fractured into a quintet of stories that vary considerably in their overall impact...

0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Just when it seems as though the language of insult and humiliation couldn’t get any nastier, the movie escalates the barrage...

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

By the movie's end, writer-director Karen Moncrieff's The Dead Girl delivers considerable emotional impact. But that doesn't mean you've enjoyed the journey...

0
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

press

The film is also an impressive showcase for a large ensemble cast that also includes Josh Brolin, James Franco and Kerry Washington. The standout, however, is Hurt, who gives an almost unbelievably courageous performance as the movie's least sympathetic character...

0
San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

press

The film is mired in gloom, not just sadness, but heaviness...

0
Newshub

Newshub

press

The Dead Girl is not for date night, and its not your pick if you've had a had a bad week and need some cheering up. It's sad, bleak and harrowing and laced with just a whisper of hope...

3.0
0
Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

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Handheld cameras, landscapes drained of colour and dim lighting may create a mood, but here the gloom never really lifts...

3.0
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