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  • Summary: Two young women follow completely different paths in the new, modernizing India-one wants to become Miss India, the other trains to be a fierce Hindu Nationalist prepared to kill and die for her beliefs.
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
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  1. Reviewed by: Alan Scherstuhl
    May 7, 2013
    90
    With extraordinary access, Pahuja illuminates extraordinary conflicts and contradictions facing modern girls in a country even less ready for them than ours.
  2. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    May 7, 2013
    80
    While much of The World Before Her speaks to global womanhood, other aspects are more specific to India, but that’s what gives the film much of its life and spark.
  3. 75
    A thought-provoking film that examines women’s limited choices in a patriarchal country reeling from the contradictions of rapid modernization.
  4. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    May 7, 2013
    67
    As a conversation starter, The World Before Her gets the job done. By virtue of the topic and interviews, Pahuja showcases plenty of tensions between old world values and idealistic goals. That's hardly enough to make its narrative persistently alluring or emotionally sound.