Metascore
85

Universal acclaim - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Belzberg doesn't intervene during the moments of violence, believing that the film can force social change only by showing the worst. If she is correct, then this film should move mountains.
  2. Reviewed by: Ed Park
    90
    A horror story, told with Dickensian compassion, permeating outrage, and little hope.
  3. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    90
    Belzberg's unsparing camera sometimes portrays a level of cruelty that tests viewers' tolerance, but her fearless aesthetic is also a measure of the film's brilliant indictment of any society that can allow its most vulnerable to slip into oblivion.
  4. First-time filmmaker Edet Belzberg may be the first person to assign any value to the lives of the homeless Romanian youngsters featured in her harrowing documentary.
  5. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    80
    Homelessness is all too familiar to many inhabitants of the world's wealthiest cities, but rarely has the situation seemed so hopeless, or its victims so desperate.
  6. A singularly depressing film. In the face of such unrelieved, grinding poverty, hope fades.
  7. 75
    A powerful piece of filmmaking.

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