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80
It might be a tad light when matched against the wittiest mysteries, but for all intents and purposes, The Girl On The Train is a tightly-wound Hitchcockian ride wrought with tension. Elements of voyeurism, self-loathing and murderous intent mix together in a volatile cocktail stirred gently by director Tate Taylor, who doesn't dilute a single ingredient.
70
As a big-screen thriller, The Girl on a Train is just so-so, but taken as 112 minutes of upscale psychodramatic confessional bad-behavior porn, it generates a voyeuristic zing that's sure to carry audiences along.
60
It's as if the book has been given a full-body massage en route to the screen, teasing away some of the spinal kinks that actually made it interesting.
60
The Girl on the Train engages more than it rivets and brings goosebumps to skin more than chilling to the bone.
60
Guilty of being slavishly loyal, Taylor's film never quite translates into the cinematic equivalent of Hawkins' page-turner. Blunt, though, is excellent.
60
Like a fridge whose door's been left open overnight, the film doesn't feel chilly enough. It's not terrible, but fans of the book may well be disappointed.
40
The complicated web of narrator-switches, flashbacks and POV-shifts seems clotted and Emily Blunt - usually so witty and stylish - is landed with a whingy, relentlessly weepy role in which her nose hardly ever resumes its natural colour.
40
The puzzle of how the various personal and narrative pieces will eventually fit together exerts a smidgen of interest, but the characters are so dour and un-dimensional as to invite no curiosity about them.
33
No matter how basic Hawkins' book might be in comparison to some of the ones that came before it, it's hard to argue that it didn't deserve better than this, that any story so smartly attuned to the need for women to hear themselves and each other should be reduced to such flavorless swill.
30
The overall mood created by the crummy, pinched visuals and logic-strained rhythm is of something scanned and discarded, like a tabloid article or a Lifetime movie.

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