4 Little Girls

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  • Summary: On September 15, 1963, a bomb destroyed a black church in Birmingham, Alabama, killing four young girls who were there for Sunday school. It was a crime that shocked the nation -- and a defining moment in the history of America's civil-rights movement. Now, acclaimed filmmaker Spike LeeOn September 15, 1963, a bomb destroyed a black church in Birmingham, Alabama, killing four young girls who were there for Sunday school. It was a crime that shocked the nation -- and a defining moment in the history of America's civil-rights movement. Now, acclaimed filmmaker Spike Lee tells the full story of the bombing, through heart-wrenching testimonials from surviving members of the victims' families, insights from Bill Cosby, Walter Cronkite, Andrew Young, Coretta Scott King and many others, and a rare and revealing interview with former Alabama Governor George Wallace. (HBO Documentary Films) Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. The film's approach is highly instructive, deeply moving, and geared to deploring the racism that breeds violence rather than reactivating old hatreds.
  2. 4 Little Girls brilliantly captures a moment in American history and tells an achingly painful story of injustice and family loss.
  3. 100
    There is mostly sadness and regret at the surface in 4 Little Girls, but there is anger in the depths, as there should be.
  4. 88
    It is Lee's job as a film maker to imbue these images with life, and that's a task he easily accomplishes.
  5. Surprisingly, given Lee's penchant for experimentation, there's nothing remotely innovative about this sober, often intensely moving exploration of a community's lingering grief and outrage -- just the usual talking heads, stock footage, montages of stills, and such.
  6. Mr. Lee, whose lean, straightforward documentary style loses none of his usual clarity and fire (the film has been exceptionally well shot by Ellen Kuras), summons a powerful sense of Birmingham's past and a galvanizing sense of how this bombing would change its future.
  7. Lee occasionally stumbles as a documentarian... But the material is so profoundly moving that it hardly matters.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. KarinD.
    Dec 20, 2006
    10
    This was a powerful movie that drew you into it. This story was mentioned in school, but writer/producer Spike Lee made you feel a part of it.
  2. Jun 18, 2012
    10
    A great documentary which possessed an overwhelmingly touching story by representing life of these 4 girls in such great depth that it raisesA great documentary which possessed an overwhelmingly touching story by representing life of these 4 girls in such great depth that it raises much of a despair yet provoking a sense of compassion and anger to the viewers. A Profoundly Conventional Film. Expand
  3. Jun 18, 2012
    10
    There is not a thing went wrong in this exceptionally engrossing documentary from Spike Lee. The story was so personal in a way that it raisesThere is not a thing went wrong in this exceptionally engrossing documentary from Spike Lee. The story was so personal in a way that it raises such anger for these innocent girls. Magnificent film. Expand

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