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  • Summary: A story of mothers and daughters, crime and its consequences, and ceaseless striving in the face of inconceivable adversity, girlhood is a testament to the faith and struggles of two young girls just trying to grow up. (Moxie Firecracker Films)
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Garbus spent three years patiently mining for beauty in the ugliest of environments. The remarkable result stands as a challenge to anyone who would have seen only the worst and walked right by.
  2. 80
    Despite similar excess, Garbus's follow-up to 2002's "The Execution of Wanda Jean" provides another powerful glimpse inside the American justice system.
  3. Detailed, compassionate, humane.
  4. Sobering yet faintly optimistic documentary.
  5. 70
    Garbus knows how to catch people at their most open, as they define their own types and simultaneously transcend them.
  6. 63
    In an era of exploding documentary innovation, Girlhood simply follows unfamiliar characters down familiar paths. It's not a negligible experience, but it's not an eye-opener, either.
  7. The impulse to end on an "up" note, to turn complex and contradictory lives into palatable narratives, is one of the least-examined pitfalls in nonfiction filmmaking. But in her attempt to give their lives a shape that the girls themselves seem to resist, this talented filmmaker has done both herself and them a disservice.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. CrystalY.
    Nov 22, 2005
    10
    This movie was so touching and made you appreciate your mother and your own life.
  2. Ericka
    Dec 3, 2005
    9
    Excellent visioning of the life of girls in the prison system. Honest look into the roadblocks that they face while in lock up and after Excellent visioning of the life of girls in the prison system. Honest look into the roadblocks that they face while in lock up and after being released. A truly touching and inviting story. Expand
  3. KS
    Apr 27, 2007
    9
    Perhaps if the girls were caucasian, this documentary would have gotten better reviews. I like how straightforward it is. It just tells the Perhaps if the girls were caucasian, this documentary would have gotten better reviews. I like how straightforward it is. It just tells the girls' story. There is no upside to the endings. One girl's mom died and the other's walked away to get another fix. The girl who murdered someone was gang raped at 11 and is cut off emotionally from her pain. The other girl feels her pain from neglect and acts it out. Foster care and 8 homes in 8 months isn't necessarily an "up" ending. Their futur's are as much a mystery to us as it is to them. The LA Times review is wacked. Expand

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