Girlhood

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Generally favorable reviews- based on 24 Ratings

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  • Summary: Fed up with her abusive family situation, lack of school prospects and the “boys’ law” in the neighborhood, Marieme starts a new life after meeting a group of three free-spirited girls. She changes her name, her style, drops out of school and starts stealing to be accepted into the gang.Fed up with her abusive family situation, lack of school prospects and the “boys’ law” in the neighborhood, Marieme starts a new life after meeting a group of three free-spirited girls. She changes her name, her style, drops out of school and starts stealing to be accepted into the gang. When her home situation becomes unbearable, Marieme seeks solace in an older man who promises her money and protection. Realizing this sort of lifestyle will never result in the freedom and independence she truly desires, she finally decides to take matters into her own hands. [Strand Releasing] Expand
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  1. Positive: 22 out of 22
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  1. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    May 26, 2014
    100
    Where many filmmakers would have underlined the bleaker, harsher aspects, Girlhood presents the characters' grim reality without surrendering its lightness of touch, its compassion or its hope.
  2. Reviewed by: Alan Scherstuhl
    Jan 27, 2015
    100
    Raw and insistent, bold and brawling, Girlhood throbs with the global now, illustrating the ways an indifferent society boxes in the people who grow up in project-style boxes.
  3. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    May 7, 2015
    100
    The movie captures that heady adolescent sense of time stopping and the moment mattering while standing far enough back to let us acknowledge all the pitfalls Marieme is moving too fast to see.
  4. Reviewed by: Jesse Hassenger
    Jan 28, 2015
    83
    "Boyhood" has the natural endpoint of its lead growing into a young adult, while Girlhood stretches out in front of Marieme, an uncertain path into a haze.
  5. Reviewed by: Kate Stables
    May 5, 2015
    80
    It’s great to see a gritty girl-gang story that’s not a fingerwagging cautionary tale, or a grrrlpower fantasy. Sciamma finishes her coming-of-age trilogy on a high note.
  6. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Feb 26, 2015
    75
    Girlhood is a mesmerizing exercise in the enlightenment that can happen when a filmmaker shifts the male cinematic gaze ever so slightly and uncovers what looks like a whole new world.
  7. Reviewed by: James Lattimer
    Jan 25, 2015
    63
    Girlhood is so keyed to the minutiae of its teenage protagonists' lives, it's as if the film can't stop itself from behaving like they do.

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  1. Jul 21, 2015
    10
    What an amazing and fresh take of a coming-of-age story set in the suburbs of France with a mostly all-black cast. What I find the mostWhat an amazing and fresh take of a coming-of-age story set in the suburbs of France with a mostly all-black cast. What I find the most incredible was the strong acting in this film considering the fact that just about all of the cast was discovered off the street. Cinematography was beautiful as was the soundtrack; moreover, watching this gives you a new found appreciation for Rihanna's "Diamonds". Not much more should (or could) be changed about this. Expand

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