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Girl Reviews

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December 12, 2018
The cisgender casting may have attracted the most controversy thus far, but Girl's biggest red flag is Dhont's flagrant obsession with the deterioration of Lara's genitals.
January 16, 2019
If there's anything the increased visibility of transgender people in our culture has imparted above all, it's that gender is about more than genitalia. Girl, for all its pretensions toward allyship, regressively insists in the opposite direction.
January 10, 2019
Dhont's film comes across as mere exploitation long before the bewildering third act, when it changes gears into a Black Swan-adjacent body horror that quickly loses the grip of reality.
November 11, 2018
Lukas Dhont isn't really concerned with Lara's journey to find peace and balance, as he's interested only in her downward spiral of crisis.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 19, 2019
A curiously unjust, myopic, even dangerous movie.
March 15, 2019
There are uncomfortable aspects to Girl, a film that ardently wants to engender sympathy and understanding from its audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 27, 2018
It feels exploitative, rather than empathetic. But it's the irresponsible handling of the film's final, shocking scenes that is the most problematic.
March 15, 2019
Even disregarding the controversy, Girl does not work, mainly because Dhont's focus is all wrong.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
March 21, 2019
Unfortunately, despite strenuous pretenses of compassion, Girl's escalating obsessions reprise long histories of cruel, transphobic storytelling.
February 3, 2020
At first Girl is a positive outlook but soon shows its tragic undertones. Lukas Dhont gives an intimate story with what feels like a positive and realistic experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 7, 2019
Dhont has confidently elevated the typical coming-of-age story and thanks to Polster's wonderful performance, it is poignant as it is thoughtful.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 14, 2019
By helping Monsecour heal by sharing her story, Dhont has done a wonderful thing that speaks to his purposes and successes. I'll be interested to see whose story he tells next.
December 15, 2018
A true story about how we cannot posses our bodies and how our bodies can posses us. A masterpiece. [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
March 13, 2019
An emotionally rich portrayal of a trans story that has a tremendous central performance at its heart.
August 27, 2018
Touching and humane...
September 24, 2018
The ambition of the Belgian filmmaker is palpable. [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 26, 2018
One of the great virtues of Lukas Dhont's film is the absence of pretension to generalize such a personal conflict, particular and proper as it may be in relation to gender identity. [Full review in Spanish]
October 16, 2018
A powerful, poignant portrait.
September 5, 2018
Dhont channels the usual concerns of adolescent coming-of-age stories into an intense, at times procedural bodily focus that draws equally from the specifics of her ongoing transition as from the rigorous demands of the Royal Ballet School Antwerp.
July 5, 2019
In his first feature, Belgian writer/director Lukas Dhont has tightly packed a cinematic masterpiece into a topical powder keg.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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