The Girl from Monday
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Independent auteur Hal Hartley wrote and directed this satirical exercise in what he calls "fake science fiction." In the near future, following a violent overthrow of the American government, the United States has come under the rule of the MMM, a Multi-Media Monopoly which runs the country as a business. Every citizen now has a personal bar code, which is used to monitor his or her consumption of practically everything, including sex, now that aphrodisiacs have become the nation's biggest consumer product. Jack (Bill Sage) and Cecile (Sabrina Lloyd) are two MMM executives who… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 38%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The charm, verve, and clearly articulated vision a filmmaker would need to put this over are nowhere in evidence, though Hartley's sentimentality and wan cynicism are on grating display."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"Not one of Hartley's most successful efforts, but it's witty, daring, different and a welcome alternative to Hollywood pap."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"A deadpan funny, off-beat futuristic sci-fi thriller that satirizes a corporatized culture that seems all too contemporary."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A profoundly unnecessary movie."
‑ Peter Hanson, Film Threat
"Hartley's score is lovely and he makes excellent use of digital video, but the film's paucity of provocative ideas is its undoing."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A poetic satire and genre parody."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Like so many science fiction fantasies, Hal Hartley's new film begins with a clever satirical premise, then stumbles all over itself trying to tell a coherent, original story."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"Shakes its shamanistic staff at a world continually overwhelmed with consumerism and the proliferation of mega-conglomerations."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"An interminable movie experience."
‑ Oz, eFilmCritic.com
"Sharp and inventive sci-fi/satire, via the great Hal Hartley."
‑ Phil Hall, Film Threat
"Pointlessly stilted and frustratingly obvious."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"Streaky low-frame-rate DV, Dogme-style mundane interiors, and merely unembarrassing televisual performances add up to a monotonous, unenlightening experience."
‑ Ed Halter, Village Voice
"Not every shoestring indie needs to be energetic and edgy, but it could've really helped in this case"
‑ Norm Schrager, Filmcritic.com
"Engaging performances and a stylized visual approach lend it originality."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"As satire, it doesn't add up -- but it's an admirable, if dull, experiment."
‑ M.E. Russell, Oregonian
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