Adapted from the bestselling 2015 novel by Paula Hawkins, “The Girl on the Train” arrived in theaters on October 7 with high expectations. Whether this film by Tate Taylor (“The Help”) has met these depends on how you look at it. While the reviews for the movie are divided — as of this writing, it scores 48 on MetaCritic and 45% freshness on Rotten Tomatoes — Emily Blunt is receiving strong notices for her performance in the title role. And this positive response could boost her odds in the Oscar race for Best Actress. Remember that Kate Winslet (“The Reader,” 2008), Sandra Bullock (“The Blind Side,” 2009) and Meryl Streep (“The Iron Lady,” 2011) all won Best Actress despite less-than-enthusiastic reviews for their films.
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Leah Greenblatt (Entertainment Weekly): “[Director Tate Taylor] deftly translates the bleak, raw-boned menace and tricky time signatures of Train’s intertwined plotlines, and draws remarkably vivid performances from his cast, particularly his two female leads. Blunt and Bennett aren’t girls at all; they’re women on the edge of their own oblivion, wounded and furious and chillingly real.”
Manohla Dargis (New York Times): “You need a tough woman for that sort of job, and Ms. Blunt, who moves easily out of crinolines and into combat gear, holds this material together with fierce, unwavering conviction.”
Mick LaSalle (San Francisco Chronicle): “If there’s any justice, Blunt should be up for awards consideration at the end of the year. She gives a remarkably invested and unflinching performance. She contains her natural wit, brightness and intelligence — she conceals her attractiveness — and encases herself in a physical condition and a psychological cloud.”
Peter Travers (Rolling Stone): “Luckily, director Tate Taylor (‘The Help’) … has made the best choice possible to portray Rachel Watson, the booze-addled, bleary-eyed, emotional wreck of the film’s title. That’s Emily Blunt, and she is perfection, playing the hell out of this blackout drunk and adding a touch of welcome empathy.”
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