The Dead Girl

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Released 2007

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The Dead Girl

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Director:
Karen Moncrieff
Released:
2007
Rating:
R
In a quintet of stories, the murder of a young runaway (Brittany Murphy) connects a group of unrelated women. Lonely Arden (Toni Collette) discovers the body; Leah (Rose Byrne), a forensics student, thinks the victim may be her long-missing sister. Melora (Marcia Gay Harden) arrives in Los Angeles to piece together the last days of her daughter's life, while Ruth (Mary Beth Hurt) makes a disturbing discovery in the storage facility she and her husband manage.

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  • 70

    Variety Robert Koehler

    More ambitious than her 2002 debut, "Blue Car," Moncrieff's new film maintains her focus on women, expanding to include a range of ages, circumstances and psychologies. Picture's d...

  • 60

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Crust

    If the segments are uneven, Moncrieff -- with the help of her excellent cast -- nevertheless crafts a gripping overall narrative that exposes a shared dissonance among the protagon...

  • 30

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    Just when it seems as though the language of insult and humiliation couldn't get any nastier, the movie escalates the barrage.

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