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War Child Reviews

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June 12, 2010
We know that Jal was a child soldier, but we get no background on the practice, and there is a surprising lack of outrage or passion of any sort in all but one of the commentators who provide analysis.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/10
Sonny Bunch
Washington Times
August 30, 2009
A more linear, shorter narrative that featured a few less musical interludes by Mr. Jal would have improved this documentary considerably.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
July 4, 2009
The content and the editing of this documentary are sharp... Poignant and a call to action.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper
December 6, 2008
War Child, like Jal's music, is nearly critic-proof: Its noble intentions and horrific subject matter insist that you pay attention and then gush about how inspiring it is.
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Aaron Hillis
Village Voice
November 19, 2008
An uplifting journey weighed down by dry, humdrum convention (attack of the talking heads!); this is social-studies homework, not nourishment for the soul.
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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
November 14, 2008
War Child, a documentary about the hip-hop artist Emmanuel Jal, is a bit ragged and repetitive, but certainly this young man's life is amazing proof that one person really can make a difference.
| Original Score: 3/5
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