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The Girl in the Book

Released Dec 11, 2015 1h 28m Drama TRAILER for The Girl in the Book: Trailer 1 List
93% Tomatometer 14 Reviews 56% Audience Score 500+ Ratings
A book editor (Emily VanCamp) confronts difficult memories when she crosses paths with the older man (Michael Nyqvist) who befriended her as a teen. Read More Read Less

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Michael Rechtshaffen Los Angeles Times "The Girl in the Book" proves to be anything but a page-turner. Dec 10, 2015 Full Review Soren Andersen Seattle Times From time to time, Cohn allows a few rays of light to penetrate the gloom and suggest that Alice may find a way transcend her despair. It's a small measure of relief from the overall mood of hopelessness. Rated: 2.5/4 Dec 10, 2015 Full Review Andy Webster New York Times The director, Ms. Cohn, making her feature debut, wrote the script and handily keeps the story's many elements in motion. Dec 10, 2015 Full Review David Bax Battleship Pretension The Girl in the Book works best as an illustration of the long-term emotional and psychological effects of rape and abuse. Jan 7, 2021 Full Review Jason Best Movie Talk Fittingly, at a time when the issue of sexual harassment is more urgent and raw than ever, this subtly compelling drama portrays a young woman grappling with the long-term repercussions of her teenage encounters with a predatory older man. Rated: 4/5 Nov 23, 2017 Full Review Danielle Solzman Solzy at the Movies For a for a first feature-length film from Cohn, it's a great showing and leaves you wanting to know want Cohn will do next. Nov 16, 2017 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member I am seeing this movie less as a rom-com and more of survival and finding a voice against sexual abuse all be it amidst the glamour of the NY publishing scene. Let us face it Michael Nyvqvists Milan Daneker character is basically a sexual predator in the guise of a novelist who uses the young (underage) Alice for his own gratification both sexually and literally in his novel. Even Alices parents side with Daneker when confronted. Where does that leave Alice? The reacquaintance with Danekar 15 years on has stirred up unpleasant memories. Confused, angry and reactive she makes irrational choices which alienates her from her friends, family and the love she has finally found in Emmett. She knows she has to work through this to regain the trust, love and respect from those she loves especially Emmett who she does not want to lose. It's a painful process as the fear of rejection cuts like a knife. The cast is absolutely top-notch and Emily Van Camp is wonderful as Alice. She does angst so damn well. Ali Ahn is a standout as the most stable link in Alice's life her best friend Sadie. A predictable ending, but hey kept me enthralled for 2 hours! Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review mauro l Doesn't anyone really complain about the excessive literariness of stories like this? (Mauro Lanari) Rated 1 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Difficult and unflinchingly honest, infuriating and appropriately uncomfortable. It's a less-ambitious Fish Tank, yet I found myself much more engaged with it. I think that's because it's a more full look at how statutory rape can destroy a life; maybe not dramatically or all at once, but subtly and over a lifetime. Nyqvist is so great; slimy, abusive, creepy, and just plain awful. We really didn't know what we had in him. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/24/23 Full Review Audience Member Terrible film. Frustratingly slow pace that never picked up, even for a few minutes. Performances were patchy, dialogue was inconsequential, trajectory of storyline was obvious from the beginning but leadenly eeked out as though it was revelatory. The main character is portrayed as flawed following another's thoughtless actions, but really her narcissism was just looking for something to sling-shot around. Avoid. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Incredible movie. Just so real to life, I could actually feel every emotion Alice felt. Emily's acting skills really gave this story life Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/09/23 Full Review Audience Member Emily VanCamp gives a brilliant layered and memorable performance. Writer/director Marya Cohn, making her feature debut, creates an intelligence and first-rate story. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/08/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis A book editor (Emily VanCamp) confronts difficult memories when she crosses paths with the older man (Michael Nyqvist) who befriended her as a teen.
Marya Cohn
Gina Resnick, Kyle Heller
Marya Cohn
Freestyle Releasing
Production Co
Varient, Busted Buggy Entertainment
Original Language
Release Date (Theaters)
Dec 11, 2015, Limited
Release Date (Streaming)
Oct 2, 2016
Box Office (Gross USA)
1h 28m
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