Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    100
    This is the kind of film that reminds you of what movies, at their best, are capable of.
  2. Reviewed by: Melissa Levine
    100
    A superb and piercing documentary.
  3. 100
    The title captures this film's harrowing qualities, but not its energy, its limpid beauty or its spiritual grace.
  4. 90
    Creates such memorable images out of squalid surroundings that I sometimes wondered whether I was being distracted from the devastating stories of these kids by the beautiful cinematography.
  5. A devastating portrait of impoverished Calucutta children.
  6. 88
    The movie is a record by well-meaning people who try to make a difference for the better, and succeed to a small degree while all around them the horror continues unaffected.
  7. It shows how the energy, and innocence, of children can be found - and fostered - in even the bleakest spots on earth.
  8. But as cynical as I may have been going in, I came out a believer.
  9. 83
    The results are inspiring, demonstrating that an artistic eye is an innate thing.
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 27 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Dee
    Mar 14, 2006
    10
    Its one of the best documentaries that not only touch your heart, but lite you up to bring your potential to something for the people. Its an Its one of the best documentaries that not only touch your heart, but lite you up to bring your potential to something for the people. Its an eye-opener, I had never thought about those kids before! Now I am ready to adopt one of them. Full Review »
  2. FrankO.
    Jan 9, 2006
    9
    Well constructed, did not want to care about this subject but director pulled me in through introduction of kids.
  3. toms.
    Dec 21, 2005
    9
    Moving and extraordinary.