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  • Summary: A documentary that looks at nine girls from different parts of the world who face arranged marriages, child slavery, and other heartbreaking injustices. Through education, these brave girls are able to break barriers, create change and offer hope and inspiration.
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  1. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    Mar 7, 2013
    70
    Though some of the writers inject a force of metaphor and strength of voice, no one would confuse the movie with a short-story collection. But it’s more ambitious and effective at blunting cynicism than most consciousness-raising efforts.
  2. Reviewed by: Glenn Whipp
    Mar 7, 2013
    70
    The film's re-creations, some involving actors and some the girls themselves, aren't always successful, but the truths at their core are rock-solid. Illuminating and ultimately hopeful, despite the horrible circumstances depicted, Girl Rising stands as a testament to the power of information.
  3. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Mar 6, 2013
    60
    The stories, shaped by anecdotal brevity, are often charmingly modest. Only an insistence on blandly inspirational rhetoric and a series of didactic interludes threaten to reduce the film to a PSA about the plight of young women in developing countries.
  4. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Mar 10, 2013
    60
    While its mixture of cinematic styles is awkward more often than not, Girl Rising deserves points for at least trying something different rather than relying on the bone-dry, academic approach usually employed for such informational ventures.
  5. Reviewed by: Mark Feeney
    Apr 18, 2013
    50
    The idea behind Girl Rising is strikingly simple and even more strikingly imaginative.
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