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. 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. 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.
  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
    90
    An epic documentary...as rich and teeming as a Balzac novel.

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