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Girls Rock! (2008)

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Average Rating: 6.4/10
Reviews Counted: 40
Fresh: 27 | Rotten: 13

Girls Rock! is an inspiring and enjoyable documentary of girls' empowerment and self-discovery.

60

Average Rating: 6.3/10
Critic Reviews: 15
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 6

Girls Rock! is an inspiring and enjoyable documentary of girls' empowerment and self-discovery.

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Via their documentary Girls Rock!, co-directors Arne Johnson and Shane King transport viewers to a most unusual summer destination: Rock 'n' Roll Camp, where young women from ages 8 to 18 each spend one week learning to choose a band, play a rock instrument, and write a song. The central lesson behind the week's activities involves a complete liberation from social conformity and from traditionally accepted behavioral rules and gender stereotyping. More significantly, such real-life rock legends

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How are girls supposed to behave in a culture that tells them they're Disney princesses for the first 12 years and sex toys after that? Girls Rock! has one answer: Strap on a Fender and rage against the machine.

August 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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There's too little clarity or thoroughness in the biographies, too few prolonged scenes of the girls creating their songs.

August 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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There's so much joy and coming-of-age angst turned into nuggets of gold that it seems uncharitable to ask, what might be missing (more onscreen appreciation for rock's goddesses and gods, perhaps.)

April 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Denver Post
Denver Post
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It's goooood.

April 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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Young women find expression for more than their music in Girls Rock!, a jubilant documentary about a place where power chords and empowerment go hand in hand.

March 7, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Girls Rock! happily pulls off the trick of being both entertaining and moving; grown-up girls may well watch with an occasional tear as we see the campers subtly transform.

March 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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comes off a bit like an extended advertisement for the place

March 19, 2009 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
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The filmmakers end up rushing us through these girls' stories, achieving a vague sense of female angst but ultimately barely skimming the surface.

March 13, 2009 Full Review Source: DVDTalk.com
DVDTalk.com

It's a great program and a great subject, but Girl's Rock! directors Shane King and Arne Johnson don't quite know what to do with it.

September 26, 2008
Kansas City Star

There is a slightly patronizing flavor to portions of this mostly enjoyable film. But the interview subjects are very likable and charismatic, which certainly helps.

June 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Girls rock, flat documentaries do not.

May 16, 2008 Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star
Arizona Daily Star

Girls Rock! is scrappy, but at its best, it shows you humans blooming with the speed of flowers in time-lapse photography.

April 25, 2008 Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun

'Why don't you start your own band? That's a lot cooler than having a boyfriend in a band!' So says 15-year-old Laura, who makes a better pitch for the 'empowerment' aspects of the Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls than do the adult counselors...

April 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Never seeks to be anything more than a simplistic look at young women not just learning how to create music, but how to take hold of their talents and use it to their advantage...

April 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Music -- as a general concept and in the daily details of rock camp -- occasions this ideal state, connected and creative.

March 21, 2008 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

Girls at risk take the world by storm at an artists' refuge where it's all right to scream.

March 15, 2008
Monsters and Critics

Rhetoric far outweighs substance in this vaguely satisfying and preachy doc.

March 8, 2008 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
ColeSmithey.com

captures a good deal more than the sometimes discordant music produced by these young, would-be chick-monsters of rock.

March 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

While it is absorbing to see girls in this environment, the psychological and sociological perspective which the filmmakers bring teaches us about their subjects rather than allowing us to get to know them.

March 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Audience Reviews for Girls Rock!

Girls go to rock camp, are subsequently empowered. It's about as adorable as you want it to be and not much else.
July 7, 2008
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