Metascore
77

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. The movie draws us into the illusion that we're simply eavesdropping on the lives of three inner-city black and Hispanic girls.
  2. 100
    It's an astonishing movie, with a real-life feel.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Heartbreaking? Sometimes. Involving? You bet.
  6. The three stars communicate the fears and dreams and frustrations of teenage girls with subtlety, sensitivity and dignity.
  7. 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.

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