The Dead Girl
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Karen Moncrieff, the Independent Spirit Award-nominated director of Blue Car, assembles a stellar cast comprised of Toni Collette, James Franco, Giovanni Ribisi, and Mary Beth Hurt to tell the tale of one girl's mysterious death, and how the tragic actions of the people who surround her eventually led to her savage murder. When the brutalized and lifeless body of a once-vital young girl (Brittany Murphy) is discovered, a community is scarred by the unspeakable horror of seeing one of their own so viciously desecrated. But the discovery of the body is just the beginning of the story, and… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

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"Karen Moncrieff's previous film, the shallow and pretentious Blue Car, in no way prepares you for this superbly acted, emotionally acute picture."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"All Screams aside, movies about serial killing are rarely chipper affairs. But few are as glum as The Dead Girl."
‑ Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle
"A dreary Chick Flick serial killer film, that puts a human face on the vic as it focuses on all the women affected by the serial killer."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The Dead Girl segues from one turgidly-paced, soul-crushing sequence to another with very little reason to continue watching."
‑ Stax, IGN Movies
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‑ Joseph Proimakis, Movies for the Masses
"Those who pass on The Dead Girl are missing something. Moncrieff has assembled a remarkable (and mostly female) cast, and there are moments in this film that are as powerful as anything currently in theaters."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"Murphy, devouring a bad girl role to go with her image, makes her the most alive person in what is most certainly not your typical Hollywood serial killer movie."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"The tone is fittingly dark, the writing impressively poetic, and the performances excellent absolutely across the board."
‑ Heather Huntington, ReelzChannel.com
"Intriguing and unpredictable, this multi-layered film delivers a profound ripple effect as it explores the complexities of anger, grief, denial and retribution"
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"Unblinking and critical about female-rooted and female-specific concerns."
‑ Jeffrey Chen, Window to the Movies
"Moncrieff never gets melodramatic with subject matter that easily could have been; she won't make you feel good, but she will make you feel."
‑ Christy Lemire, Associated Press
"It must be said that The Dead Girl is a film of considerable integrity. But before that, something else must be said: That's about as unappetizing an opening to a film as can be imagined."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"The masterful film, which was also released on DVD this week, sends shivers up your spine and devastates you five times over, then has you longing to wipe the sweat off your brow and start watching all over again."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"THE DEAD GIRL provides several of terrific actresses with meaty roles and for that reason alone (let alone Moncrieff's fluid direction and solid, if uneven, scripting) it deserves to find an audience."
‑ Ted Murphy, Murphy's Movie Reviews
"s she stands, so perversely resistant and so utterly naked, Ruth embodies the grief and torment of being a live girl."
‑ Cynthia Fuchs, PopMatters
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