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American independent filmmaker Deborah Kampmeier makes her writing and directing debut with the intimate drama Virgin. In a small conservative town, Jessie (Elizabeth Moss) is the outcast teenager of a right-wing Christian family consisting of a strict dad (Peter Gerety), an emotional mom (Robin Wright Penn, who also produced), and an innocent sister (Stephanie Gatschet). After spending an evening with local boy Shane (Charles Socarides), Jessie is convinced that she's pregnant, although she has no memory of actually having sex. Her rebellious behavior isn't completely understood by… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 38%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The more you consider the theological undertones of Virgin, the more radical it becomes."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"An unfortunately muddled portrait of a teenage girl going through a moral and spiritual crisis."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"At times I wasn't sure that the movie knew exactly what it wanted to say. And yet it remains quite a powerful experience."
‑ David Cornelius,
"A pretentious, unpalatable stew that serves up thematic elements touching on religion, feminism, psychosis, mysticism and guilt without stirring up any believable characters, engaging story, or emotional moments that might engage audiences."
‑ Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International
"Ugly digital photography, banal story."
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
"As a religious-themed movie, Virgin is as unconventional as they come."
‑ Charles Ealy, Dallas Morning News
"Evinces too much of the Lars Von Trier influence (especially Breaking the Waves) while falling victim to some of its central character's overt strangeness."
‑ Robert Koehler, Variety
"Moss' performance is solid, but undone by the palsied hand-held camerawork and the script's general lack of focus."
‑ Marc Mohan, Oregonian
"Kampmeier reveals her inexperience as a feature filmmaker, and her effort struggles with the weight of its own subject matter and final ambiguities."
‑ Jordan Reed, Boxoffice Magazine
"Virgin charts the spiritual transformation of a rebellious teenager as she opens to her divine center, her nurturing abilities and her empathy for others."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"So much of Virgin is bunk masquerading as sexual politics."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"[F]elt too much like a really impressive school project, film school project but not a complete feature film."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Falls short of being satisfying, hurts a little to experience, and the next morning you're thinking it wasn't worth the trouble - sound familiar?"
‑ Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone,
"Rough-edged but affecting."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Captivating story about faith and transformation."
‑ Stina Chyn, Film Threat
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