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Girl Rising

7/10
Documentary
 

The movie tells the stories of nine girls from different parts of the world who face arranged marriages, child slavery, and other heartbreaking injustices. Despite these obstacles, the brave girls offer hope and inspiration. By getting an education, they're able to break barriers and create change.

 
Actors: Arindol Bagchi , Azmera , Marie Arana , Amina , Kerry Washington , Meryl Streep , Liam Neeson , Salma Hayek , Anne Hathaway , Selena Gomez , Priyanka Chopra , Cate Blanchett
Directors: Richard Robbins
Country: USA
Release: 2014-09-01
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  • Nicolas Rapold

    Though some of the writers inject a force of metaphor and strength of voice, no one would confuse the movie with a short-story collection. But it’s more ambitious and effective at blunting cynicism than most consciousness-raising efforts.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Glenn Whipp

    The film's re-creations, some involving actors and some the girls themselves, aren't always successful, but the truths at their core are rock-solid. Illuminating and ultimately hopeful, despite the horrible circumstances depicted, Girl Rising stands as a testament to the power of information.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Frank Scheck

    While its mixture of cinematic styles is awkward more often than not, Girl Rising deserves points for at least trying something different rather than relying on the bone-dry, academic approach usually employed for such informational ventures.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Andrew Schenker

    The stories, shaped by anecdotal brevity, are often charmingly modest. Only an insistence on blandly inspirational rhetoric and a series of didactic interludes threaten to reduce the film to a PSA about the plight of young women in developing countries.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Mark Feeney

    The idea behind Girl Rising is strikingly simple and even more strikingly imaginative.

    Boston Globe Full Review
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