• Released
  • September 5, 2012
  • (NY)
  • 1 hr 17 min
  • Documentary
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Girl Model Synopsis
A 13-year-old Russian girl dreams of becoming a model in Japan, but her dream comes with a price.
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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...
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88

Slant Magazine

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The documentary makes you wonder about every beautiful woman who's ever stared out from a publication, poster, or billboard, looking...
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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...
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70

Village Voice

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The radiant sadness of its two subjects - one a soulfully impassive stripling, one a symmetrical husk - forms the center of Girl Model, and...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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50

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

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It is hard to know whether to applaud directors David Redmon and Ashley Sabin for exposing the underside of the fashion business – or...
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What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 12+ Candid look at a sometimes-frightening industry.
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