• Released
  • April 29, 2005
  • R , 1 hr 46 min
  • Drama
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Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Superbly cast, evocatively directed.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
The blessings of salvation have rarely felt so mixed, the parameters of Lolita-hood so elusive - which is exactly Martel's specialty.
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
Takes a potentially explosive subject and does it subtly and perceptively.
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
A collection of beautifully acted encounters, conversations, symbols, and vignettes woven into an evocative and unforgettably surreal garment.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
A film that leaves cinephiles breathless and the mainstream movie maniacs scratching their heads.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
A hauntingly lyrical study of sexual awakening.
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New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
The Holy Girl ends without resolution, but one isn't needed in this mature, thoughtful drama.
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
Young and bold and bristling with talent, Argentine director Lucrecia Martel has continued right where she left off in her feature debut.
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New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
Alche has an amazingly expressive face and becomes such a magnetic presence that you'll feel a distinct need to rescue her.
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TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
In stripping her potentially lurid material of salacious appeal, Martel also makes it murky and oddly arid, a mind-numbing exercise rather than an experience.
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75 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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