Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  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. You feel it in your nervous system before you get a chance to reflect on its meaning.
  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. An immensely uplifting movie whose final, unforgettable frames come as close as anything to answering the big questions about why we bother in a dog-eat-dog world.
  5. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    88
    The bleakness of Rosetta will not be for all, but it's one of the best films of the year.
  6. Reviewed by: Richard Jameson
    87
    The final reel of Rosetta is like nothing else ever filmed, and it would be wrong to describe it.
  7. This devastating film is buoyed by Dequenne's bravura willingness to go all out; she's a baby-faced kid when the camera focuses full on and an exceptionally beautiful young woman in profile.
  8. 80
    This kind of film, in its various manifestations recurring through the decades, gives us confidence that cinema can ultimately get to the heart of things.
  9. Grabs you by the throat and won't let go.
  10. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    80
    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.
  11. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    80
    The purity of Dequenne's performance inspires awe.
  12. Carries a strong emotional charge along with its valuable reminder of the suffering that youngsters may undergo when a heedless society overlooks their needs.
  13. Bleak, demanding stuff, and its hand-held documentary-style photography is harder on the stomach than "The Blair Witch Project."
  14. The film's loose, scaled-down technique never turns gimmicky...but enhances the tension and intimacy of Rosetta's struggle.
  15. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    70
    A psychologically acute profile of one teenaged girl obsessed with leading what she thinks of as normal life.
  16. 70
    Pummeling, jagged, and extremely well-edited film.
  17. 60
    A portrait of dispossession so acute that it's caused a few critics to cry, Let her eat cake!
  18. Instead of feeling universal, the movie feels claustrophobic.
  19. 42
    The Dardennes are talents, clearly. Watching Rosetta is like watching them flip you the bird.
User Score
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Sep 4, 2012
    9
    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". Full Review »