Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Reviewed by: David Ehrlich
    Jan 16, 2014
    87
    An instantly and enduringly compelling documentary.
  2. Reviewed by: Katie Walsh
    Jan 17, 2014
    83
    Maidentrip ends up being not necessarily about the amazing feat that Dekker accomplished, it’s about finding one’s true self, and enjoying the ride along the way.
  3. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Jan 16, 2014
    80
    Director Jillian Schlesinger’s documentary does a terrific job countering everyone’s assumptions. Maidentrip is a clear-eyed chronicle of Dekker’s record-breaking voyage. Think “All Is Lost,” but real, and with a teenage girl instead of Robert Redford (plus a very different ending).
  4. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Jan 14, 2014
    80
    The real beauty of Maidentrip is how it downplays the go-for-glory aspect of the tale (this adolescent mariner’s aim is to become the youngest person ever to sail around the world) to focus on more earthly matters like the isolation and loneliness of the voyage or the lingering effects of the divorce that irrevocably shaped Dekker’s life.
  5. Reviewed by: Susan Wloszczyna
    Jan 17, 2014
    75
    Some have compared Maidentrip to a young female version of Robert Redford's "All Is Lost". But in Dekker's case, all seems to be found.
  6. Reviewed by: Sara Stewart
    Jan 16, 2014
    75
    What the film lacks in plot twists it makes up for in sheer amazement.
  7. Reviewed by: Kenji Fujishima
    Jan 13, 2014
    75
    A coming-of-age journey of self-realization, made immensely more involving by virtue of being seen through its subject's first-person perspective.
  8. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Jan 14, 2014
    70
    Dekker knows who she is, what she wants to do, and how to get it done, and Maidentrip wisely sails off the tailwinds of her confidence and boundless curiosity.
  9. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Nov 4, 2013
    70
    Jillian Schlesinger’s first feature, made in collaboration with Dekker and composed largely of footage that the hardy adventurer shot herself, is both low-key and lyrical as it focuses on the mundane and the magnificent.
  10. Reviewed by: Chris Nashawaty
    Jan 22, 2014
    67
    After 519 days at sea, Dekker finally achieves her goal...and decides to keep sailing, only this time with a hunky boy as her mate. If I were her parents, I wouldn't have signed off on that, either.
  11. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Jan 16, 2014
    60
    Before our eyes, Laura’s lengthening limbs and deepening introspection become the point of a movie that begins with a child and ends with a young woman.
  12. Reviewed by: Michael Nordine
    Jan 14, 2014
    60
    Schlesinger seems in such a rush to guide us to the end unscathed that she sometimes loses sight of the small details that make this journey unique.

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