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Dirty Girl Review Critics


Dave White Profile

Lightly smudged, maybe. Read full review


Grae Drake Profile

Platforms as big as its heart. Read full review

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  • 2.0

    out of 100

    Generally unfavorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 40

    out of 100

    Village Voice Melissa Anderson

    For a film that's supposed to be rooted in such a specific time and place, Sylvia isn't really concerned with details: Costumes, hair, and décor appear to be the work of "That '70s Show" interns; William H. Macy, as Danielle's Mormon soon-to-be stepdad, continuously muffs a Sooner State drawl.

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  • 60

    out of 100


    For those not hip to its smug "out is in" mentality, Dirty Girl's redeeming feature is its cast. Temple is vixen enough to carry the part, but manages to project a real wit burning beneath the layers of makeup and dumb-blonde shtick her character affects around others.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    A sweet 'n' sassy period comedy with a "Juno" sensibility and the soul of a "Little Miss Sunshine," the hard-to-resist Dirty Girl announces the official arrival of Juno Temple.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

not for kids

Foul-mouthed, highly sexed movie has a muddled message.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this uneven 1980s-set dramedy is about the friendship between a foul-mouthed, promiscuous, cigarette-smoking teen girl and a shy, overweight, gay teen boy who are both looking for some kind of family connection. There's nearly constant strong language (including "f--k," "s--t," "c--k," "p---y," and more), as well as heavy sexual innuendo and sexual suggestion (including teens having sex in a car and brief male frontal nudity in pictures). Teens regularly smoke cigarettes, and there's a violent scene of a father beating up his teen son. Due to the content and subject matter, it's not age-appropriate for teens under 17.

  • Families can talk about the movie's sexual content. How is it presented? Does it look dangerous, appealing, or both? Does the movie have positive or helpful things to say about sex?
  • Is Danielle too young to be having so much sex? How much does she really know about it? Why is she doing it? Is she lonely? Is she in love? Is she seeking power? Could there be other reasons? Parents, talk to your teens about your own values relating to sex and relationships.
  • Are the characters relatable? Do you think they're intended to be role models?

The good stuff
  • message true-1

    Messages: The movie ostensibly has a "be yourself" message, but at the same time it suggests that one main character can't be herself if that self is a "bad girl" -- she must conform and be "good." Moreover, the characters take questionable paths to reach their conclusions. 

  • rolemodels true-1

    Role models: Clarke discovers himself -- but his path to that self-discovery includes casual sex, stealing a car and a credit card, and other questionable acts. And the "dirty girl" of the title isn't much of a role model, either; she never seems to find out who she really is.

What to watch for
  • violence false2

    Violence: A father beats up his teen son in one scene; the violence takes place mostly in darkness and partly off camera. A teen girl argues violently with a younger girl and accidentally kicks her parents during a struggle. Several other outbursts and arguments, with shouting.

  • sex false4

    Sex: A teen girl has sex with a teen boy in the school parking lot. Nothing is shown, but the rocking car and sound effects clearly imply the action. The movie implies that a gay teen sleeps with an older man, though, again, nothing is shown. Brief views of naked, full-frontal photographs of men. Teens are shown kissing. Almost constant sexual innuendo, and the main character wears revealing clothing throughout (in one scene, the camera lingers on her bottom as she walks). A teen girl and teen boy, as well as a professional male stripper, perform stripteases, with no nudity shown. One teen girl is shown to be pregnant.

  • language false5

    Language: Extremely strong language is used throughout, with multiple uses of "f--k," "s--t," "p---y," "t-ts," "c--k," "retard," "d--k," "poon," "slut," "fag," "goddamn," "virgin," "twat," "vagina," "hell," "bitch," "whore," "ass," and "Jesus H. Christ" (as an exclamation).

  • consumerism false1

    Consumerism: Cans of Tab soda are shown. Kleenex is mentioned by name.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: The main character, a teen girl, is shown to be a regular cigarette smoker, though she smokes less as the movie goes on. Other teens are also shown smoking.