The Girl in the Park
The Girl in the Park (2008)

A socially isolated woman still haunted by the disappearance of her three-year-old daughter 15 years ago obsesses over the prospect that a troubled young woman whom she has recently befriended may in fact be her long-lost daughter in The… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: December 1, 2009
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71%
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42%


Critic Score: 71% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Sigourney Weaver delivers a towering performance in this poignant meditation on unresolved grief.

Derek Adams
Time Out

Essentially about loss, guilt and regret, Auburn's film also examines Julia's increasingly unhealthy obsession with her surrogate daughter, which gives it an air of uneasy tension that never amounts to much.

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Wendy Ide
Times [UK]

The film stretches credibility a little with the coincidences that could yet make Louise the missing girl, but gives the actors plenty to work with.

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Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]

The kindest adjectives to describe Weaver's performance would be 'overwrought' and 'unsympathetic'.

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Alissa Simon
Variety

Auds can see what Auburn was aiming for, but his portrait of grieving and wishful thinking doesn't connect emotionally. He's not helped by Weaver's brittle, unsympathetic perf, which borders on caricature.

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Cath Clarke
Guardian

while there is a lot to like in Auburn's tightly focused film, it never fully pulls together.

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Nigel Andrews
Financial Times

Weaver's still unresolved grief, subtly hits every note that Changeling plinked or plonked like a honky-tonk hokum artist.

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Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine

An overwrought melodrama with bold intentions but poor execution.

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Elliott Noble
Sky Movies

Auburn leaves too many dramatic holes and blows his potentially explosive 'Festen' moment by allowing a confrontation over dinner to fizzle into anti-climax.

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Anthony Quinn
Independent

There's a prissy self-congratulation about early parts of David Auburn's family-bereavement drama, though it got to me eventually.

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Flixster Audience Score: 42% Flixster User Reviews
Candy Rose
Sigourney plays a woman who is haunted by the disappearance of her daughter from the park when she was 3 years old. She helps a troubled young girl and… More
Naughtia Nahazhina
A mother goes to the park with her little daughter. The mother looks away for a short time and her daughter is gone and she can't find her. Years later… More
Nicki Marie
Enjoyed this, much to my surprise! After the picky mood I have been in with films today, I really couldn't see a film about a missing child doing it for… More
Barry Lappin
Weaver plays a mother who completely loses it after the kidnap/abduction of her three year old daughter from the park nearby their house.....her pain is… More
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Sigourney Weaver, Kate Bosworth, Alessandro Nivola, David Rasche, Kerri Russell, Elias Koteas DIRECTED BY: David Auburn A mother, enduringly traumatized… More