• Released
  • April 5, 2002
  • 1 hr 42 min
  • Drama
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Girls Can't Swim Synopsis
A teenager (Karen Alyx) is jealous of her boy-crazy friend (Isild Le Besco).
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90

The New York Times

By Stephen Holden
Ultimately lacks the epic dimension of "Y Tu Mamá También," but its vision of that awkward age when sex threatens to overwhelm...
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80

The A.V. Club

By Keith Phipps
"Adolesence can kill you," Birot has said in an interview. In a film that leaves the "you" intentionally vague, moment after moment she...
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80

L.A. Weekly

By Paul Malcolm
The film's intimate camera work and searing performances pull us deep into the girls' confusion and pain as they struggle tragically to...
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75

New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
It includes abundant sex and full-frontal nudity, not to titillate but because it's needed to convey the inner sexual turmoil the girls are...
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75

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

By Paula Nechak
There is a ton of psychology and inference in this intriguing first feature by French director Anne-Sophie Birot.
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75

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Sensitive and thoughtful coming-of-age story.
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63

Boston Globe

While not all transitions to adulthood are so fraught, there's much truth and no small amount of poetry in Girls Can't Swim.
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63

Chicago Tribune

By Loren King
Despite its shortcomings, Girls Can't Swim represents an engaging and intimate first feature by a talented director to watch, and it's a...
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60

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
Sensitive, extraordinarily well-acted drama.
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50

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The phrase "coming of age," when applied to movies, almost always implies sex, but Girls Can't Swim has nothing useful to say about sex...
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