Lost Girls

Lost Girls

Lost Girls

Two-time Oscar-nominated documentarian Liz Garbus makes her narrative feature debut with this true story murder mystery starring Oscar nominee Amy Ryan (Gone Baby Gone).

A mother's (Ryan) search for her missing daughter leads to a horrifying discovery that connects the disappearance to the murder of over a dozen other girls.

202095 minsUSA
DramaMysteryThriller
Director:
Liz Garbus ('The Farm: Angola, USA', 'What Happened, Miss Simone?', 'Girlhood')
Writer:
Michael Werwie
Cast:
Amy RyanGabriel ByrneLola KirkeDean WintersOona LaurenceThomasin McKenzieKevin Corrigan

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Flicks

Flicks, Steve Newall

Lost Girls works just fine as a not-overegged drama and also true-crime tale. Even if the mystery isn’t powered by jaw-dropping moments, there’s always Amy Ryan’s Mari. Swearing, yelling, chain-smoking and fixated on what she thinks her family needs most, not seeing how her actions isolate and impact them, the character convinces and compels at the centre of this sad tale.

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Stuff

Stuff

Given the slim running time, Michael Werwie's (Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile) script is somewhat slight, but still satisfyingly taut and allows the likes of Ryan (Gone Baby Gone, Changeling) , McKenzie (Jojo Rabbit) and Gabriel Byrne (The Usual Suspects), as the world-weary commissioner in Mari's firing line, moments to shine. An understated drama well worth seeking out.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

At 95 minutes, Lost Girls is sorely lacking and, ironically, one wonders what a Garbus docuseries could have found instead.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

It's serious, respectful, gravely melancholic. Yet anger best describes the movie's atmosphere, its overall mood and its authorial tone

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New York Post

New York Post

Loses some momentum in the domestic scenes with Mari and her other daughters (Thomasin McKenzie and Oona Laurence), which are so brief, they feel cut down for time. But when Garbus takes the long view — her camera pulling back to emphasize the awful loneliness of the marshy stretches where these women died — “Lost Girls” hits hard.

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RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

An emotional examination of one of the most famous unsolved cases of the modern era.

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Collider

Collider

Liz Garbus' adaptation of 'Lost Girls' never amounts to more than a story about one mother's anger despite all the issues surrounding the case.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

The intention to show how the justice system failed these forgotten women is honourable, but the dramatic execution is lacking.

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IndieWire

IndieWire

Kolker himself has compared his book to writing about the maiden voyage of the Titanic - everyone knows how it ends, the trick is making people care about how it gets there - and Garbus mostly succeeds in keeping up that unique tension.

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Variety

Variety

A haunted and doggedly original drama that shakes off easy categorisations.

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