Universal acclaim - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. 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.
  2. 4 Little Girls brilliantly captures a moment in American history and tells an achingly painful story of injustice and family loss.
  3. 88
    It is Lee's job as a film maker to imbue these images with life, and that's a task he easily accomplishes.
  4. The film's approach is highly instructive, deeply moving, and geared to deploring the racism that breeds violence rather than reactivating old hatreds.
  5. Reviewed by: Staff(not credited)
    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. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Lee takes a conventional, talking-heads-and-archival-clips approach to the material, but rewardingly establishes an intimate connection with his subjects by devoting considerable time to the personalities and families of the four victims.
  7. 90
    An important act of historical preservation, a focused and effective film that brings back a dark, important moment in history with startling clarity.
  8. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    This subject demands consummate screen treatment and now has absolutely gotten it from director/producer Spike Lee. [10 Jul 1997, Pg.02.D]
  9. 100
    Director Spike Lee has made some of the most hard-edged and unsettling American films on racism and its effects. Yet none has been as moving as this. [24 Oct 1997, Pg.F2]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Jun 18, 2012
    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 raises such anger for these innocent girls. Magnificent film. Full Review »
  2. Jun 18, 2012
    A 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. Full Review »
  3. KarinD.
    Dec 20, 2006
    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.