• Released
  • September 5, 2012
  • (NY)
  • 1 hr 17 min
  • Documentary
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91

The Playlist

It deserves to be shown to teenagers, not necessarily as a warning, but at least as an eye-opener: This is how it works, kids. And it ain't pretty.
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88

Slant Magazine

The documentary makes you wonder about every beautiful woman who's ever stared out from a publication, poster, or billboard, looking sophisticated and self-assured.
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80

Time Out New York

By Joshua Rothkopf
Stopping just short of the devastating exposé it might have been (but plenty creepy).
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80

Total Film

By Jonathan Crocker
The filmmakers stay back, observing, for a restrained, intimate and poignant result.
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75

NPR

By Ella Taylor
Unless this disingenuous creep of an agent actually believes his own propaganda, you have to wonder what possessed him to open himself to scrutiny by two filmmakers who are well-known for expose docs like "Mardi Gras: Made in China" and "Camp Katrina."
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70

Village Voice

The radiant sadness of its two subjects - one a soulfully impassive stripling, one a symmetrical husk - forms the center of Girl Model, and that is enough.
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63

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
A powerful documentary that, with a wider scope and a bit more shaping, could have been even more powerful, perhaps unbearably so. What's there is strong enough.
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60

The Guardian

By Andrew Pulver
This fantastically depressing film ought to be shown in school assemblies, or wherever impressionable pre-teens gather to discuss their dreams of media stardom.
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60

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
There are no supermodels or Cinderellas in this sadly compelling story, just predators and the impoverished dreamers who want to trust them.
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50

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

It is hard to know whether to applaud directors David Redmon and Ashley Sabin for exposing the underside of the fashion business – or demand they abandon their documentarian stance and rescue young Nadya on the spot.
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67 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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