The Girl
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Struggling with the loss of her child to Social Services, a single mother is trapped in the quicksand of her south Texas life. When her path collides with a young girl from Mexico, she begins a journey that will change her life - discovering that she is the architect of her own fate and learning what it is that truly defines home. (c) Official Site

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 53%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's unfortunate that Riker's strong central character and evocative location work get undermined, at every turn, by a plot that not only springs zero surprises, but reduces the terror and loss of Cornish's charges to mere life lessons for her."
‑ Scott Tobias, AV Club
"Hernandez is soulful and affecting ... and Cornish embodies Ashley's self-centered character with nuance and subtlety."
‑ Chris Packham, Village Voice
"A sentimental shift in the last reel of the film seems artificially designed to wrap up the story and demonstrate that a life lesson has been learned. It's when it's at its most contemplative that The Girl is at its best."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"The Girl is still more "good for you" than "good," but at least it supplements its feature-length lecture with a pair of good performances and a decent payoff."
‑ Ethan Alter, Television Without Pity
"It's a tribute to Riker's skill as a writer and director that, even when Ashley is behaving in ways that should make her totally unlikeable, you don't completely write her off."
‑ Sarah Boslaugh, PopMatters
"The Girl enlightens with an unusual insight into the courage, durability and struggle of the Mexican people while taking the viewer on a guided tour of a piece of the country tourists never see."
‑ Rex Reed, New York Observer
""The Girl" wants to be eat-your-vegetables cinema, but vegetables are good for you. This misery fest is more like an eat-your-bark movie."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"[Cornish] plays Ashley with a mix of guilt and determination. And the precocious Hernandez brings an equally stubborn quality to Rosa."
‑ Charles Ealy, Austin American-Statesman
"It's a spare film, but deeply felt and convincing, while bringing Cornish into a whole new light as an actress."
‑ Brian Orndorf, Blu-ray.com
"Unsatisfying psychological study of a neglectful mother, failing in its quest for spiritual redemption."
‑ Susan Granger, SSG Syndicate
"In all aspects, The Girl can't help it-this is headline-torn cinema du tearjerking at its most generic."
‑ David Fear, Time Out New York
"There are moving moments as Cornish channels the slow self-enlightenment necessary for Ashley's character arc. And the actress is particularly good in the scenes with the promising young Hernandez."
‑ Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times
"There's a heartfelt tenderness for this troubled character on Riker & Cornish's part but it comes at the expense of realism or any serious answers to the questions raised by the film."
‑ Brian Tallerico, HollywoodChicago.com
"Too limited in scope and too predictable to transcend its social-issue movie-of-the-week roots as a tearjerker designed to play on feelings of particularly maternal independent film fans."
‑ Brent Simon, Shockya.com
"The Girl splashes Abbie Cornish's fantastic acting, but the film is dead in the water."
‑ Chase Whale, Twitch
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