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God Help the Girl

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United Kingdom · 2014
1h 51m
Director Stuart Murdoch
Starring Emily Browning, Olly Alexander, Hannah Murray, Pierre Boulanger
Genre Comedy, Drama, Music

Eve is a catastrophe—low on self-esteem but high on fantasy, especially when it comes to music. Over the course of one Glasgow summer, she meets two similarly rootless souls: posh Cass and fastidious James, and together they form a group.

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Empire by

As Marmite-y as Stuart Murdoch's music, you'll find it either winningly charming or irritatingly fey. Either way, its warmth shines through.


Slant Magazine by Chris Cabin

Stuart Murdoch clearly knows quite a bit about crafting pop tunes, but the film's consideration of the work of songwriting is totally flippant.


Variety by Dennis Harvey

It will be up to viewers to decide whether God Help the Girl is ingratiatingly naive art, gratingly inept art, or a bit of both.

64 by James Rocchi

Murdoch’s film is fraught with ambition and aspiration, but a little thin on talent and technique.


The Dissolve by Noel Murray

While Murdoch exhibits masterful control in a recording studio, he isn’t a natural-born filmmaker. Much of God Help The Girl feels haphazardly stitched together, with pieces missing or placed in the wrong order, as though Murdoch didn’t get all the footage he needed.


The Playlist by Rodrigo Perez

A major gaffe, God Help The Girl finds a great artist taking on a huge challenge and stumbling painfully on its ambition almost every step of the way.


Village Voice by Serena Donadoni

Browning captures Eve's weariness and enthusiasm, and her lovely voice and crisp delivery gives Murdoch's labored lyrics a vulnerable immediacy.


The Guardian by Xan Brooks

God Help the Girl comes loose and easy, verging on the slipshod. It's warm and generous, verging on the sentimental; a film that crystallises the best and worst of Belle and Sebastian's songwriting skills.

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