Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13

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  1. Tavernier gives the children vivid, sharply delineated voices; working with a largely nonprofessional cast, he strips bare the characters' frailty but grants them a decency and honesty that redeems them despite the mounting hardships and tragedies.
  2. 75
    A tender and passionate protest, not without laughter, by Bertrand Tavernier -- a director who is not only gifted but honorable.
  3. Tavernier's compassionate views and long filmmaking experience shine through this eloquently acted drama.
    Reviewed by: Henry Cabot Beck
    A terrific piece of neo-realistic filmmaking.
  5. Although there is real pain and suffering in It All Starts Today, it is too impassioned, too brisk and too embracing of life and human foibles to be depressing.
  6. Mr. Showbiz
    Reviewed by: Kevin Maynard
    An intensely involving, Ibsen-esque human drama populated by complex, sympathetic heroes.
  7. New York Daily News
    Reviewed by: Jami Bernard
    It's an amazing slice-of-life story that will make you want to rush home and hug the kids.
  8. New York Post
    Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Well worth seeing for the terrific performances.
  9. This is a film about small victories, huge defeats and finding the will to keep fighting.
  10. Strikes a difficult and necessary moral balance, refusing to succumb to hopelessness but also refusing to rule it out.
  11. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    A warm, often invigorating and ultimately moving ode to community values.

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