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.

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