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Set in Cambodia, depicts child prostitution through the non-sexual, complex relationship between Holly, a beautiful 12-year-old Vietnamese girl, and Patrick, an obsessive 40-year-old American stolen artifacts dealer.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 63%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Ultimately, Holly might have been more effective as a documentary."
‑ Michael Snyder, San Francisco Chronicle
"Despite a strong performance by Livingston, the film is sunk by sluggish pacing, straight-ahead plotting and an unresolved ending -- not to mention its inability to convince us that anything much can be done about sexual slavery."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"It's realistic enough to admit that there's probably no way to ever completely eradicate an evil for which there seems to be such an eager demand."
‑ William Arnold, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"While Yaron Orbach's camera repeatedly evokes Patrick's na´vetÚ and yearning, the setting also remains resolutely "foreign.""
‑ Cynthia Fuchs, PopMatters
"Even if it's the story of a white guy trying to save the day, it's also just a man looking to rescue an innocent girl from a life she never chose."
‑ Matt Pais, Metromix.com
"Despite its best intentions, Holly never achieves the dramatic clarity it needs to put its human suffering into galvanizing perspective."
‑ Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
"Half drama, half social tract, Guy Moshe's feature debut is meant to illustrate the horrors of child prostitution in Southeast Asia. The intentions, unfortunately, are more notable than the execution."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"Moshe and co-screenwriter Guy Jacobson use their white protagonist not cynically to exploit white guilt, but to excavate it and examine its possibilities and failings with an anthropological eye."
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"Gritty and wrenching, Holly is fiction with the heart of an expose."
‑ Susan Green, Boxoffice Magazine
"The almost amateur impression of 'Holly' allows for emphasis on what this urgent tale is about, rather than on any neat, packaged film-ness."
‑ Donald J. Levit, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"The film's meandering narrative, melodramatic conclusion and underdeveloped characters overshadow the genuinely shocking abuses it condemns."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, Time Out New York
"Well-meaning but terminally dull."
‑ Josh Bell, Las Vegas Weekly
"...it's easy to imagine how another director might have felt the need to switch to slo-mo and cue the violins."
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, New Times
"A grittily realistic picture of a very unpretty world."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"The dramatization of child sexual slavery comes across more involved in education than entertainment, its tone less melodramatic than what we found in 'Trade.'"
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
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