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Lost Girls (2020)



Critic Consensus: Raw yet rewarding, Lost Girls overcomes uneven storytelling with powerful performances and a willingness to resist easy catharsis.

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When 24-year-old Shannan Gilbert mysteriously disappears one night, her mother Mari (Academy Award (R) nominee Amy Ryan) embarks on a dark journey that finds her face to face with hard truths about her daughter, herself, and police bias. Determined to find her daughter at all costs, Mari Gilbert retraces Shannan's last known steps, driving her own investigation to an insular gated community near the desolate outer banks of Long Island. Her discoveries force law enforcement and the media to uncover more than a dozen unsolved murders of sex workers, young lives Mari will not let the world forget. Inspired by Robert Kolker's best-selling nonfiction book of the same name.

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All Critics (59) | Top Critics (16)

Low-key and frank about Mari's failings, the movie has no interest in sensationalizing the daughter's life and fate. It is a mystery, but also a rich portrait of life in gloomy, working-class Long Island.

July 30, 2020 | Full Review…

Luckily, [Liz] Garbus' direction helps keep the visible parts of the film compelling.

March 16, 2020 | Full Review…
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By veering into the humanity of this story, Garbus is able to express the horror without getting too ghoulish.

March 14, 2020 | Full Review…
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Garbus brings off something extraordinary in a film that sets out to leave us sad, enraged, and profoundly unsatisfied. Lost Girls makes us want to rethink our need for a certain kind of closure in a world that has so little of it.

March 13, 2020 | Full Review…

It is a story without a happy ending, or even an ending at all. But Garbus isn't so naive or precious a storyteller to expect reality to afford one - and she should be applauded for not waiting around in vain.

March 12, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

A story that works much better if you do a Google search before watching it, not after, since it offers a lot of convenient human truths, but not enough hard facts.

March 12, 2020 | Full Review…

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