The Exploding Girl
The Exploding Girl (2010)

Cherubic college student Ivy is at home in Brooklyn for spring break with her longtime guy pal Al in tow. As her relationship with her boyfriend falls apart, Al's friendship is cast in a new light.

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 12, 2010
DVD Release Date: July 1, 2010
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Critic Score: 75% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Its languid pace and willfully understated narrative may test the patience of some viewers, but Bradley Rust Gray's gentle direction and a gripping performance from Zoe Kazan lend The Exploding Girl an appealing, melancholy beauty.

Ty Burr
Boston Globe

The Exploding Girl is a film about the deceptiveness of surfaces, and it takes place in a small town that you eventually realize with a start is actually New York City.

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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times

A Zen-like experience of watchful compassion in deliberately challenging circumstances: trying to see and hear, without leaping to conclusions, the gathering troubles of a young woman living in hectic circles and with increasing self-absorption.

Lisa Rosman

In her first starring role, Kazan as Ivy vacillates wonderfully between insecurity and insouciance.

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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

The Exploding Girl is a character study of one young woman - and of an entire generation struggling to maintain external maturity despite internal regression.

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Dan Kois
Washington Post

Viewers willing to slow down their cinematic metabolism enough to watch The Exploding Girl at its own pace will find their patience rewarded by moments of great beauty...

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Anna Bean
Bust Magazine

Gray has successfully captured a moment in time for a young woman who is growing up and figuring out who she is, but it's not a moment for those looking to be absorbed or stirred.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

Sometimes a carefully placed pinprick can stay with you longer than a heavier, clumsier blow, and so it is with Bradley Rust Gray's delicately done but indelible The Exploding Girl.

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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly

Gray has an artful, understated way of conveying what's going 
on inside, often simply by focusing his camera on Kazan. And the actress has a unique capacity for projecting the complexity of feminine stillness.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...a mildly watchable showcase for Kazan's undeniably impressive performance.

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Flixster Audience Score: 54% Flixster User Reviews
Daniel Perry
The two things I remember about this movie: 1) The main character has epilepsy but that's not the point of the story. Both of the stars I gave the film… More
Jim Hunter
A epileptic woman in a fizzling relationship considers romance with her longtime platonic friend. There are such long moments of silence in this film, the… More
Walter M.
In "The Exploding Girl," Ivy(Zoe Kazan) gets a ride from a college friend(Hunter Canning) and they collect her childhood friend Al(Mark Rendall) along… More

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