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Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 25
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 25
  3. Negative: 1 out of 25
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  1. 100
    It's an astonishing movie, with a real-life feel.
  2. The movie draws us into the illusion that we're simply eavesdropping on the lives of three inner-city black and Hispanic girls.
  3. 100
    The movie's triumph is that we experience the ending, in which the three girls go mostly separate ways, not as a defeat but as a transition still open to possibilities.
  4. This modest film has virtues that come out of nowhere. It takes familiar material and develops it with such tact and skill that we find ourselves moved and sort of amazed at the same time.
  5. Directed with such a confident, delicate touch. Nothing is insisted on, yet whole lives are discovered and revealed in vignettes that seem as spontaneous as a laugh or a gasp.
  6. Heartbreaking? Sometimes. Involving? You bet.
  7. The three stars communicate the fears and dreams and frustrations of teenage girls with subtlety, sensitivity and dignity.
  8. It's more a collection of episodes that build to a complex, richly layered picture of these girls' lives. And the more time we spend with them, the more endearing they become.
  9. 80
    One girl's melancholy (beautifully expressed by actress Kerry Washington) is a response to a fractured romance.
  10. 80
    The most faithful cinematic depiction of adolescence in recent memory.
  11. 80
    The patient camera leans in closely on the three lead actresses -- extraordinary first-timers all.
  12. 80
    So gently told, so deceptively simple a story, that its considerable emotional power sneaks up on you.
  13. 80
    Best of all is the supporting performance of The Jackie Robinson Steppers Marching Band, a real group of high-school musicians in which the three girls all perform.
  14. It's too bad the language prevents this independent film from being rated PG-13 because this is the kind of movie that might be capable of realistically reflecting teens' lives to other teens.
  15. 75
    Anyone who understands the subtle shadings of friendship will appreciate Our Song's realistic slice of teen life.
  16. 75
    Has an assured air, rich with scenes of affection, anger and reconciliation, along with moments of unfeigned humor.
  17. 75
    Has the courage to work without a net, aware that when you're a teenager, your life is not a story so much as a million possible stories.
  18. The movie's soul isn't its plot but the relationships among the girls.
  19. That it all seems improvised on the spot (it was not) is testament to the power of a film that trusts its characters, its actors and its ultimate goal.
  20. So unlike most Hollywood coming-of-age stories as to seem downright revolutionary.
  21. iIsn't really much more than a funny, touching little squiggle, but it has a bracing honesty and pays particular heed to the betweenness in people's lives, to how much goes on when nothing seems to be going on at all.
  22. Reviewed by: Frank Lovece
    70
    The movie sticks with you as few do: It's rewardingly authentic and emotionally real.
  23. What's most impressive about this is that, if one didn't know better, the naturalism of the performances could be taken for that of a documentary.
  24. A languid but refreshingly real depiction of female adolescence.

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