How to Build a Girl

How to Build a Girl

How to Build a Girl

Beanie Feldstein (Booksmart) leads this London-set coming-of-age comedy as a meek young woman who reinvents herself as the character Dolly Wilde - a fast-talking, sex-venturing, top-hat-wearing music critic. Based on the beloved book by Caitlin Moran.

2019104 minsUK
Comedy

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Reviews & comments

A.V. Club

A.V. Club

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Feldstein is as contagiously ebullient as always in the role, and her English accent is mostly passable, although it breaks down at times during the voiceovers that bookend the film. But her character’s actions keep chipping away at the actor’s natural charisma.

Variety

Variety

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The final product feels like if the greatest musician in the world tried to write a classic in 15 minutes. Yet, “How to a Build a Girl” dares to argue that reinventing yourself doesn’t make you a poseur ... It’s a young person’s jam that will hit the right teen like a thunderbolt.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

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If it fails to mine the deeper themes in this story about a working-class writer fighting to find her footing in the music industry, How To Build A Girl is a resounding success as a showcase of Feldstein’s capabilities in a leading role.

RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

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There is more in How to Build a Girl that works than doesn’t. It’s charming and sweet, and even in its more serious moments, the movie never loses its sense of humor.

Screen Daily

Screen Daily

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The trouble with a high-stakes “small” British project like this is that everyone involved tends to want to play it safe.

Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair

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Winning and funny, while also a bit surface-level and predictable, it is an excellent case for the twin powers of Feldstein and Caitlin Moran, the author who adapted her own autobiographical novel to the screen. But it also fails to make the best use of either woman; Feldstein is significantly hampered by a working class British accent, while Moran’s unforgettable comic voice doesn’t come through nearly enough.

Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

It’s funny — as is a lot of this eager-to-please, all-over-the-place movie — thanks to the dry snap of Moran’s dialogue and Feldstein’s exhilarating performance.

IndieWire

IndieWire

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A smart twist on the coming-of-age comedy.

Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

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Still, there's a sort of willful energy field between Giedroyc and Feldstein that pushes the story along; the blithe, anything-can-happen thrill that comes from being young in a world where anything is possible — including the right to wreck yourself spectacularly, rebuild, and then start it all over again.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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As fun as a night in the mosh pit with your best mate ... Directed by Coky Giedroyc with a fizzy vibrancy and supercharged by Feldstein's intense charisma, this crowd-pleasing comedy has smart things to say about class, sex and female identity.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

A thoroughly likeable and funny film.

Associated Press

Associated Press

press

Based on Caitlin Moran’s semibiographical novel, How to Build A Girl is a wickedly funny, sweet and vibrantly told coming-of-age story that feels like a teen classic in the making.

Film Threat

Film Threat

press

How to Build a Girl is an incredibly fun movie.

A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

Feldstein is as contagiously ebullient as always in the role, and her English accent is mostly passable, although it breaks down at times during the voiceovers that bookend the film. But her character’s actions keep chipping away at the actor’s natural charisma.

Variety

Variety

press

The final product feels like if the greatest musician in the world tried to write a classic in 15 minutes. Yet, “How to a Build a Girl” dares to argue that reinventing yourself doesn’t make you a poseur ... It’s a young person’s jam that will hit the right teen like a thunderbolt.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

If it fails to mine the deeper themes in this story about a working-class writer fighting to find her footing in the music industry, How To Build A Girl is a resounding success as a showcase of Feldstein’s capabilities in a leading role.

RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

press

There is more in How to Build a Girl that works than doesn’t. It’s charming and sweet, and even in its more serious moments, the movie never loses its sense of humor.

Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

The trouble with a high-stakes “small” British project like this is that everyone involved tends to want to play it safe.

Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair

press

Winning and funny, while also a bit surface-level and predictable, it is an excellent case for the twin powers of Feldstein and Caitlin Moran, the author who adapted her own autobiographical novel to the screen. But it also fails to make the best use of either woman; Feldstein is significantly hampered by a working class British accent, while Moran’s unforgettable comic voice doesn’t come through nearly enough.

Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

It’s funny — as is a lot of this eager-to-please, all-over-the-place movie — thanks to the dry snap of Moran’s dialogue and Feldstein’s exhilarating performance.

IndieWire

IndieWire

press

A smart twist on the coming-of-age comedy.

Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

press

Still, there's a sort of willful energy field between Giedroyc and Feldstein that pushes the story along; the blithe, anything-can-happen thrill that comes from being young in a world where anything is possible — including the right to wreck yourself spectacularly, rebuild, and then start it all over again.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

As fun as a night in the mosh pit with your best mate ... Directed by Coky Giedroyc with a fizzy vibrancy and supercharged by Feldstein's intense charisma, this crowd-pleasing comedy has smart things to say about class, sex and female identity.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

A thoroughly likeable and funny film.

Associated Press

Associated Press

press

Based on Caitlin Moran’s semibiographical novel, How to Build A Girl is a wickedly funny, sweet and vibrantly told coming-of-age story that feels like a teen classic in the making.

Film Threat

Film Threat

press

How to Build a Girl is an incredibly fun movie.

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