Stephanie Daley


Stephanie Daley (2006)


Critic Consensus: The premise has all the trappings of melodrama, but the excellent performances give the characters complexity and empathy.


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A teen (Amber Tamblyn) accused of hiding her pregnancy and then killing her baby is investigated by a forensic psychologist (Tilda Swinton, who also executive produced). Timothy Hutton. Written and directed by Hilary Brougher.


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Critic Reviews for Stephanie Daley

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The acting is uniformly on a high level. Tamblyn is impressive, and Swinton, as usual, is outstanding.

Jun 22, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

You are likely to be discussing this film long into the night.

Jun 1, 2007 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Apart from Swinton's fine performance, what largely distinguishes this is Brougher's sharp narrative focus.

Jun 1, 2007 | Full Review…

A movie that can wound you.

May 31, 2007 | Rating: 3/4

Tamblyn's surprisingly measured performance commands attention.

May 11, 2007 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

To see Tamblyn's work here, to see her character almost simultaneously embody pain, terror, anguish, embarrassment, regret and just about any emotion you can think of, is to watch the kind of acting the medium exists to provide.

Apr 27, 2007 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Stephanie Daley

Very well done movie. I felt a lot of sympathy for what Stephanie must have been through and the consequences of her actions. Tidla Swinton is also very good in this.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

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There are films that you watch for sheer entertainment. One's that afford you an hour and a half of escapism, returning you safely to reality with a happy conclusion and the rolling of the credits. This is not one of those films. Stephanie Daley is a snippet of adolescent reality presented without embellishment or agenda. It's exceptionally written, superbly cast and, due to it's content, damn hard to watch.

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

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Different than what I was thinking it was going to be like, but it was still good. Plus, I enjoyed watching the confused looks on the people that went with me. They didn't like the ending. FUNNY! Love Amber, so that also counted for a lot.

Leigh Ryan
Leigh Ryan

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[font=Century Gothic]Written and directed by Hilary Brougher, "Stephanie Daley" is a thoughtful movie about there not always being a ready explanation for everything that happens in this complicated world of ours. For example, there is 16-year old Stephanie Daley(Amber Tamblyn), a seemingly normal high school student in upstate New York, who has been accused of killing her newborn baby on a ski trip. She claims that she did not know that she was pregnant. Flashbacks show the sequence of events leading up to the fateful incident(referencing "A Scarlet Letter" is a bit obvious) along with the world she lives in, one where abstinence-only sex education is taught in high school and adults talk to children, but do not listen to them. And then there is Lydie Crane(Tilda Swinton, who is superb), the forensic psychologist assigned to determine Stephanie's fitness to stand trial, who is 29 weeks pregnant, following a recent pregnancy that ended in a stillbirth. She is just happy that her current pregnancy is going well so far.[/font] [font=Century Gothic]Note: Hilary Brougher also directed the wonderfully sublime, "The Sticky Fingers of Time."[/font]

Walter M.
Walter M.

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