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  • Summary: This film follows a young and impulsive Belgian girl, Rosetta (Émilie Dequenne), who tries to establish an independent life and will do anything to maintain a job.
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Rosetta is a character of raw pride in a film of lingering power.
  2. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    The bleakness of Rosetta will not be for all, but it's one of the best films of the year.
  3. 88
    The film has an odd subterranean power. It doesn't strive for our sympathy or make any effort to portray Rosetta as colorful, winning or sympathetic.
  4. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    Throughout this terse, entertaining parable (it won the grand prize at this year's Cannes Film Festival), the Belgian-born writer-directors Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne ("La Promesse," 1996) immerse you in the sensations of Rosetta's life.
  5. Carries a strong emotional charge along with its valuable reminder of the suffering that youngsters may undergo when a heedless society overlooks their needs.
  6. The film's loose, scaled-down technique never turns gimmicky...but enhances the tension and intimacy of Rosetta's struggle.
  7. 42
    The Dardennes are talents, clearly. Watching Rosetta is like watching them flip you the bird.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Sep 4, 2012
    Absolutely amazing film that rewards patient viewers. Feels like a classic etched in time. Though it's very good, not better than the Dardennes brothers' amazing "The Son". Expand

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