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  • Summary: Narrated by Meryl Streep, Stolen Childhoods is a documentary feature film about the 246 million child laborers in the world today. Extraordinary footage and interviews with child slaves and kids working in poverty reveal young childhoods stolen away, and demands a call for action. (Galen Films/Romano Productions) Expand
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. 70
    So well-intentioned it almost renders critical examination frivolous.
  2. 70
    A serious work of analysis, rooting the resistance to reform in Third World government corruption and Western profiteering.
  3. 63
    As moviemaking, it's monotonous. But its insistence on breaking our hearts proves a reliable weapon.
  4. 63
    It remains for a tougher documentary to more forcefully trace exactly who benefits from this shameful practice -- multinational corporations and consumers who don't ask enough questions.
  5. Well meaning but less than riveting in its execution, this documentary is far better suited for public television exposure than theatrical release.
  6. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    50
    In its reliance on emotionally loaded voiceover and its disconcertingly direct appeals for support, Len Morris' old-fashioned docu seems more designed for fund-raising pitches than theatrical release.

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