• Released
  • March 8, 2013
  • (NY; 3/15 LA)
  • PG-13 , 1 hr 34 min
  • Drama
  • 7 Fan Ratings
Synopsis: A Texan mother starts to smuggle Mexicans across the border to make money.

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NPR

By Jeannette Catsoulis
Written and directed by David Riker, who built his 1998 drama "La Ciudad" around immigrants in New York City, The Girl is stingy with...
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Village Voice

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Hernandez is soulful and affecting, though, and Cornish embodies Ashley's self-centered character with nuance and subtlety.
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The Playlist

By Rodrigo Perez
Anyone who finds this conclusion a humanistic or socially reprehensible dealbreaker can hardly be faulted. Before these questionable issues...
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63

New York Observer

By Rex Reed
The Girl sounds like a real mess. It isn’t. It’s just a slow, well-made human interest story on a very small scale, ultimately touching but...
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63

Slant Magazine

Uses the perils of immigrating to this country without papers as a backdrop for a poor white American woman's bumpy path to enlightenment.
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60

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Writer-director David Riker's film is tough going, but worth it.
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Los Angeles Times

By Betsy Sharkey
There are moving moments as Cornish channels the slow self-enlightenment necessary for Ashley's character arc. And the actress is...
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50

Austin Chronicle

By Marjorie Baumgarten
In The Girl, writer/director David Riker returns to many of the same themes he pursued in his award-winning 1998 film "La Ciudad," which...
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Time Out New York

By David Fear
In all aspects, The Girl can’t help it — this is headline-torn cinema du tearjerking at its most generic.
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25

New York Post

By Kyle Smith
If the poor really interested such filmmakers, these movies would have something to offer other than lugubriousness masquerading as...
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Rated PG-13 | For Violence/Disturbing Images, Language, Thematic Material and Smoking