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The Exploding Girl
Cherubic college student Ivy is at home in Brooklyn for spring break with her longtime guy pal Al in tow. As her relationship with her boyfriend falls apart, Al's friendship is cast in a new light.
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 74%

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"The Exploding Girl is a film about the deceptiveness of surfaces, and it takes place in a small town that you eventually realize with a start is actually New York City."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"A Zen-like experience of watchful compassion in deliberately challenging circumstances: trying to see and hear, without leaping to conclusions, the gathering troubles of a young woman living in hectic circles and with increasing self-absorption."
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
"...a mildly watchable showcase for Kazan's undeniably impressive performance."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Kazan has a gift for letting you see her think, even when she's perfectly still; the film's title refers to the ferocious trauma happening between Ivy's ears and her silent struggle to keep it in check."
‑ Mike Russell, Oregonian
"At least director Bradley Rust Grey contains all this diverting dithering in 80 minutes -- even without an explosion, there's intrigue in watching a short fuse burn."
‑ Zak Jason, Boston Phoenix
"The Exploding Girl is a character study of one young woman - and of an entire generation struggling to maintain external maturity despite internal regression."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Viewers willing to slow down their cinematic metabolism enough to watch The Exploding Girl at its own pace will find their patience rewarded by moments of great beauty..."
‑ Dan Kois, Washington Post
"Bradley Rust Gray's film of a young college student (Zoe Kazan) home for the summer is a portrait in interlude."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Parallax View
"Restless audiences may itch for more plot, for the kind of fiery dramatics that typify young love in the movies, but hold the explosives: There's tender drama, too, in the possibilities of a hand-hold."
‑ Kimberley Jones, Austin Chronicle
"This is a mature story about the lives of two young people (and one voice) that kept my attention from start to finish."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Sometimes a carefully placed pinprick can stay with you longer than a heavier, clumsier blow, and so it is with Bradley Rust Gray's delicately done but indelible The Exploding Girl."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"Gray has an artful, understated way of conveying what's going 
on inside, often simply by focusing his camera on Kazan. And the actress has a unique capacity for projecting the complexity of feminine stillness."
‑ Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"Kazan has a power of her own that is as strong as or stronger than the film's style, and she can carry a scene all by herself, even if the camera is merely watching her walk down the street."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
""The Exploding Girl" can be grouped with those dreaded "mumblecore" movies in which young people talk endlessly about their romantic entanglements and attend terrible parties."
‑ James Verniere, Boston Herald
"...a lovely, languorous film that does much with little and leaves you feeling like you've witnessed some minor miracle."
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
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