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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. (GalenNarrated 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
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  1. 70
    A serious work of analysis, rooting the resistance to reform in Third World government corruption and Western profiteering.
  2. 70
    So well-intentioned it almost renders critical examination frivolous.
  3. 63
    As moviemaking, it's monotonous. But its insistence on breaking our hearts proves a reliable weapon.
  4. Meryl Streep narrates this global update on child-labor abuses with all the enthusiasm and alarm of someone reading "The Pet Goat" to a classroom of second-graders.
  5. Well meaning but less than riveting in its execution, this documentary is far better suited for public television exposure than theatrical release.
  6. 50
    Documentaries like Stolen Childhoods present an uncomfortable dilemma for anyone who cares how movies are made: They have virtually no aesthetic value, but compensate with unimpeachable social worth.

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  1. ReiterO.
    Nov 29, 2005
    10
    Really atonishing and amazing. You can't miss it if interested on world reality.