The Girl Is In Trouble
The Girl Is In Trouble (2015)

A failed Lower East Side DJ struggling to keep his life together becomes entangled in a murder mystery involving a desperate woman, a missing drug dealer, and the scion of a powerful investment firm. (C) eOne

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 11, 2015
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Critic Score: 57% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

Onah - whose movie began life as his thesis project at New York University - seems more keen on showing how the tensions of immigration and gentrification have shaped the Lower East Side than on fashioning a credible thriller.

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Sara Stewart
New York Post

Ultimately, it's not so much the story - centered around a coke-fueled murder - that compels as Onah's familiarity with his setting. He's got a great feel for the vibrancy of downtown and the diversity of its population.

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Wilson Morales
BlackFilm.com

Columbus Short and Alicja Bachleda are actually fun to watch in this lighthearted femme fatale wannabe film noir.

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Ben Kenigsberg
Variety

A textbook noir premise gets an overamped and undercompelling treatment ...

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Ernest Hardy
Village Voice

The film's visually arresting, but it's the performances that hold it all together - Short, Wilmer Valderrama, Jesse Spencer, Paz de la Huerta, Míriam Colón, and Mike Starr, with Bachleda being the real glue.

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Kam Williams
Baret News

This predictable whodunit proves a tad too transparent.

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Keith Uhlich
AV Club

The story has plenty of possibilities, though Onah rarely manages to put his own stamp on things.

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Brent Simon
Paste Magazine

A well-executed crime drama that, on a narrative level, finds itself too bogged down in the familiar to achieve genuine lift-off -- let alone anything memorable.

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Brian Tallerico
RogerEbert.com

Onah doesn't quite stick the landing narratively, although he has such filmmaking energy that his work here merits comparison to that of the film's executive producer, Spike Lee.

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