Love and Diane


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

Critic Reviews

  1. 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.
  2. 100
    One of the most searing, heartbreaking and ultimately triumphant mother/daughter stories ever put on film.
  3. 90
    Dworkin unobtrusively uses small moments to build an engrossing story of courage and hope most narrative films can't match.
  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: Laura Miller
    An epic rich and teeming as a Balzac novel.
  7. 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.
  8. 80
    Extraordinary documentary.
  9. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Tremendous emotional force and uncompromising honesty.
  10. 80
    Emerges as an improbably hopeful tribute to the human spirit.
  11. It is a movie about the real challenge of heroism.
  12. 75
    You are left with two emotions - despair and hope - after watching producer-director Jennifer Dworkin's disquieting documentary.
  13. Amazing... There are only a finite number of filmmakers with the devotion, patience and ability to tease out these stories.
  14. 75
    fully devotes itself to painting a family portrait seldom allowed such rich cinematic detail.

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