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Universal acclaim- based on 42 Ratings

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. 100
    Light entertainment, this is not. Unforgettable and challenging cinema, it is.
  2. The most remarkable achievement of the film is its presentation of Lilya's story as both an archetypal case study and a personal drama whose spunky central character you come to care about so deeply that you want to cry out a warning at each step toward her ruination.
  3. Lilya's struggle to make a life for herself is both heartbreaking and heart-stirring.
  4. If you're tired of false holiday cheer, Lilya 4-Ever will provide a corrective to the spiritual eggnog force-fed to us all season. The climax takes place during Christmas, though one that would make Tiny Tim grateful for his crutch and cold chimney corner.
  5. 75
    The movie, written and directed by Lukas Moodysson, has the directness and clarity of a documentary, but allows itself touches of tenderness and grief.
  6. Terrific filmmaking, but it's hard to leave Moodysson's picture without feeling much of anything except hopelessness. Utterly.
  7. The result is grimly "effective," but it made me long for Hollywood junk.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
  3. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. DaveB.
    May 7, 2003
    10
    Pity you made big mistake.Its not the streets of Moscow!!!!! i believe its Estonia.
  2. ColinE.
    Jul 25, 2007
    10
    Riveting and powerful study of one girls journey from poverty and abandonment to life as a sex slave. Will impact all but the most cynical & Riveting and powerful study of one girls journey from poverty and abandonment to life as a sex slave. Will impact all but the most cynical & hard hearted viewer, while telling one of the most important stories of the past decade. The issue of pedaling young girls for profit is a story that should be told in every high school. Expand
  3. HimuR.
    Dec 2, 2005
    10
    This Is One Splendid Movie.It Must Be Shared With Everybody.
  4. M.Daye
    Feb 4, 2006
    10
    If there is a more frightening and effective portrayal of a young girl's slow downfall, I've yet to see it.
  5. DanC.
    Oct 28, 2005
    9
    Not easy to watch, but Lilya (Oksana Akinshina) and Volodya (Artiom Bogucharski) share such a warm, genuine rapport that there is some Not easy to watch, but Lilya (Oksana Akinshina) and Volodya (Artiom Bogucharski) share such a warm, genuine rapport that there is some redemption to be found, if only in their all too fleeting moments together. Immensely compelling. Akinshina is a wonder. Expand
  6. YaelS.
    Jan 17, 2007
    8
    is been almost 3 years since I've seen it and i still cant get over it. it goes to your soul, and plants itself there and like an is been almost 3 years since I've seen it and i still cant get over it. it goes to your soul, and plants itself there and like an internet virus comes up every now and then to shock and shake again. please watch it. you need to know this stuff. Expand

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