Girlfriend (2011)

Evan is a young man with Down Syndrome who lives with his mother in a poor, working-class town hit hard by the recent economic recession. When he unexpectedly comes into a large amount of money, Evan uses it to romantically pursue Candy, a… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: July 15, 2011
DVD Release Date: August 7, 2012
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

What begins as an absorbing exercise in glum atmosphere turns mild, meek, and desperate as the stakes rise.

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Mike Hale
New York Times

Doesn't miss many clichés of small-town, working-class, going-nowhere life.

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Drew McWeeny

It is an affecting and special film, and Justin Lerner emerges from it as a name to remember.

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Andrew O'Hehir

A modest, uneven example of regional American independent film. But it has tremendous heart and integrity...

Benjamin Mercer
Village Voice

Implausibilities mount, and by the last act Lerner appears to have lost any compunction he might have had about using his protagonist to tug the audience's heartstrings.

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Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

Despite its somewhat contrived turn of events, Girlfriend manages to be genuinely endearing with beautiful cinematography and a heartfelt, raw performance by newcomer Evan Sneider

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Lou Lumenick
New York Post

Emotionally manipulative and problematic...

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Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix

Shooting in his hometown of Wayland, Massachusetts, Lerner has a keen sense of class and setting. And despite some narrative miscues, Sneider's performance keeps him honest.

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Kalvin Henely
Slant Magazine

Girlfriend is surprisingly backward not only in the story that entangles its main character, but also in its characterization of women.

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