Via Andrew Commis’ glowing, fluidly color-changing cinematography – sometimes saturated in the chlorinated turquoise of backyard swimming pools, elsewhere in the musky orange of skin illuminated by a bedside light – and a diverse soundtrack pulsating with modern soul, electro and, when required, weeping classical strings, Murphy deftly flips switches between the world as it is and the world as Milla wants it to be, toward a wholly naturalistic beachside coda in which all affectations are shed to wrenching effect.
Among its many achievements, Babyteeth succeeds in being a terminal disease drama with not one glimpse of a doctor or hospital ward: With a protagonist battling to resolve childhood and adulthood, first love and last, in a compressed space of time, Murphy’s remarkable debut keeps its pain close to home.
Guy Lodge, Variety
Eliza Scanlen breathes further complexity into her character and certifies the merit of her meteoric rise to public attention following a career-making role in HBO’s Sharp Objects. She’s funny, sensitive, fragile and inspiring, in a beyond-her-years turn that showcases her range phenomenally.
Alistair Ryder, Film Inquiry