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i-D / VICE - INTERVIEW WITH ELIZABETH WOOD (link)
WHITE GIRL is the most explosive portrait of NYC youth since KIDS.
AIN’T IT COOL NEWS - REVIEW: MAGNIFICENT (link)
With WHITE GIRL, Wood does so much more than simply shock and titillate. This is an important film, an essential film of its time. It forces viewers to confront their notions of race and privilege and re-evaluate what it really means to be white in today’s America ... Beautifully shot and frustrating as hell, Elizabeth Wood’s WHITE GIRL is kind of glorious, and dare I say it, magnificent.
THE GUARDIAN - REVIEW (link)
Buttons will definitely be pushed by WHITE GIRL, but after the moral panic hopefully people will still be talking about the film itself.
ESQUIRE - BEST-OF-THE-FEST LIST SUNDANCE 2016 - WHITE GIRL (link)
The most underrated film of the festival, Elizabeth Wood's party-monster rager of a film made much of this year's lineup look anemic ... The fact that it was one of the festival's most divisive films is a testament to its relentless, messy honesty: Wood both assembled one of the best (and most diverse) acting ensembles of the festival and established herself as an exciting director to watch, with real cinematic chops.
HOLLYWOOD REPORTER - REVIEW: SQUALID, SHOCKING, AND SEXY AS HELL (link)
Elizabeth Wood’s cocaine-dusted, semen-soaked provocation takes an unapologetically pitiless look at one privileged young woman’s walk through the hot coals of crime, class and desperation ... Seductive and repellent by turns, it’s a title that will provoke fierce love-or-hate reactions, but there’s no question it augurs the arrival of a powerful, audacious new directorial talent.
BUZZFEED - HOW A MOVIE FILLED WITH COKE AND DICKS EXPLODES WHITE PRIVILEGE (link)
WHITE GIRL is a fucked-up, inherently unfair nightmare dressed as a party — which might be the best way to describe the American Dream today.
ROLLING STONE - BREAKOUT STAR MORGAN SAYLOR (link)
There are so many remarkable things about Saylor's ferocious lead performance in White Girl that it's hard to know where to begin ... Vulnerable, invincible, empowered, and pathetic all at once, few actresses have better navigated the difference between being naked and being exposed - and it looks like we ain't seen nothing yet.
GLAMOUR - BEST MOVIES TO HAVE ON YOUR RADAR (link)
What makes this debut great is that the hazy rush of drug-addled scenes and sexual encounters runs on an undeniably strong political backbone of judicial injustice, gender dynamics, and racial profiling. It's a must see.
INDIEWIRE REVIEW - WHITE GIRL GOES ON A WILD RIDE THROUGH NYC (link)
White Girl is a movie you can’t easily shake off, not even days after you’ve seen it ... Perhaps what makes “White Girl” so divisive is its insistence on facing head on issues about the justice system, gentrification, power dynamics, and racial profiling.
BUZZFEED - MOVIES FROM SUNDANCE YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT (link)
The film uses the freedoms of a beautiful, white, blonde girl as a commentary on white privilege; that it never slams that message over the heads of its viewers is a testament to its commitment to show, not tell. This is no after-school special, nor is it a celebration of what it means to be 19 and have the world at your fingertips. Call it a coming-of-age story, but only if “coming of age” means realizing the harsh limits of the power afforded to you by your race, gender, or sexuality.
VARIETY - TEN DIRECTORS TO WATCH 2016 - ELIZABETH WOOD (link)
The writer-director’s gut-punch of a narrative feature, debuting in competition at Sundance this year, follows a young, hedonistic college student’s increasing desperate attempts to get her new boyfriend out of trouble with the law. Along the way, the movie, which stars Morgan Saylor (“Homeland”), offers an unflinching look at the juxtapositions and frictions of race and class that happen every day in contemporary New York, as well as the extremes with which young adults flirt in pursuit of a good time.
SCREENCRUSH.COM - REVIEW (link)
Wood’s script continues to fall deeper down the rabbit hole of its own messy disintegration, never pulling back to rescue us from its brutality or from watching its character’s aggravating choices. Unafraid to expose her character’s weaknesses and degradation, White Girl establishes Wood as a brazen new talent to watch.
VARIETY - BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCES - MORGAN SAYLOR (link)
The strength of Saylor’s performance lies in its defiant refusal of the audience’s sympathy as she plunges headlong into a whirlwind of debasement.
TRIBECA FILM - WHITE GIRL DEFYING LATINO STEREOTYPES (link)
Elizabeth Wood's directorial debut, which has been making noise at the Sundance Film Festival, crosses the intersections of white privilege, power dynamics, and a love story with few apologies.