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When one of their friends commits suicide, three young women learn to stand up for themselves and strike back against male-dominated society in this drama. Patti (Lili Taylor), Emma (Anna Grace), Angela (Bruklin Harris), and Nikki (Aunjanue Ellis) are four teenage girls who attend the same high school in inner-city New York. Patti is an unwed mother struggling to complete her education as she deals with her irresponsible boyfriend, while the other three are good students going on to college after completing their final year of high school. One day, seemingly without warning, Nikki kills… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"As a male writer-director, McKay proves to be extremely sensitive to the feeling and words of working-class women (Lili Taylor among them), determined to establish their self-worth as well as to fight against the social ills of the oppressive system"
‑ Emanuel Levy, Variety
"The performances and the film's plausible handling of an unusual movie subject make Girls Town special."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"Girls Town Subverts the Patriarchy."
‑ Rob Nelson, City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
"An empowering feminist tale made authentic by the actresses participation in the scripting."
‑ Leslie Rigoulot, Film Scouts
"The film wanders around aimlessly like a ship without a rudder or a captain."
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
"Taylor, Harris and Grace come up with some watchable, genuine moments. But they're often too involved in themselves; the movie indulges them too much."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Features good work from its performers."
‑ Jeff Millar, Houston Chronicle
"A fresh, funny, and abrasive film about three high school seniors."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"For all its flaws, this one gets extra points for having its uncertain head and heart in the same noble place."
‑ Bryant Frazer, Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
"A mix of reality and zip that nicely conveys the heady atmosphere of almost-adult life."
‑ Liz Braun, Jam! Movies
"A welcome little gust of teen-age realism."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"I would like to see another movie in three or four years, about what has happened to these angry, gifted friends."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Holds appeal, partly because it could so easily have been an uplifting message movie but it refuses to be so simplistic."
‑ Lael Loewenstein, Boxoffice Magazine
"The film often seems pointless and labored or overly contrived - and it certainly suffers from foul-language overload."
‑ Chris Hicks, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"The film feels utterly real."
‑ Joe Baltake, Sacramento Bee
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