Metascore
85

Universal acclaim - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. 100
    One of the most searing, heartbreaking and ultimately triumphant mother/daughter stories ever put on film.
  2. The movie is a portrait, not a polemic -- but I can't imagine an attentive viewer leaving Love & Diane without increased understanding and concern with regard to inner-city life.
  3. Reviewed by: Laura Miller
    90
    An epic documentary...as rich and teeming as a Balzac novel.
  4. 90
    From first shot to last, Dworkin's movie is a continuously absorbing, sometimes revelatory, frequently moving experience; as documentary filmmaking it's not only amazingly intimate but also characterized by an unexpected lyricism.
  5. What lifts the film above many other high-minded documentaries dealing with poverty and the welfare cycle is this filmmaker's astounding empathy for both Diane and Love.
  6. Reviewed by: Josh Katzman
    90
    Dworkin unobtrusively uses small moments to build an engrossing story of courage and hope most narrative films can't match.
  7. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    80
    Extraordinary documentary.
  8. 80
    Emerges as an improbably hopeful tribute to the human spirit.
  9. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    80
    Tremendous emotional force and uncompromising honesty.
  10. 80
    Dworkin, having led viewers so deeply into her subjects' lives, resists coercing them into any pat conclusions. We're left to wonder about Love and Diane -– and root for them -– on our own.
  11. It is a movie about the real challenge of heroism.
  12. Amazing... There are only a finite number of filmmakers with the devotion, patience and ability to tease out these stories.
  13. 75
    You are left with two emotions - despair and hope - after watching producer-director Jennifer Dworkin's disquieting documentary.
  14. 75
    fully devotes itself to painting a family portrait seldom allowed such rich cinematic detail.

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