4 Little Girls Reviews

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Rob Nelson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
August 20, 2009
Spike Lee has launched another perfectly timed counteroffensive: a calmly wrenching mix of oral history and period newsreels.

Film4
September 22, 2008
It's presented with Lee's usual intelligence and clarity as he skilfully mixes politics with moving reminders of the lives it affects.
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
September 22, 2008
Time and tragedy may have flattened the four girls into remote paragons of youthful virtue, but the viciousness of anti-integrationist rhetoric is palpable and should never be forgotten.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
September 22, 2008
There isn't an ounce of flab or hype, and the story it tells is profoundly affecting.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
May 16, 2008
A compelling, straightforward account of a deeply sorrowful and pivotal event in the civil rights movement.
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
July 23, 2007
Lee's filmmaking ... has the beauty of simplicity and the shadings of compassion.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
February 3, 2006
Spike Lee's Oscar-nominated documentary, about one of the defining moments of the civil rights movement, balances personal and painful memories of many witnesses with a poignantly political expose of the event, the murder of four innocent girls.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
The big part of Lee's film commemorates the lives of the '4 little girls' who died, through the memories of parents, siblings and friends.
Michael Szymanski
Zap2it.com
June 1, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Chris Pepus
culturevulture.net
September 16, 2004
Some of the credit for the two convictions may well be due to Spike Lee's memorable 1997 documentary...which brought new attention to the case.
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
July 25, 2004
| Original Score: 5/5
Frank Ochieng
TheWorldJournal.com
June 24, 2004
Immensely gripping in its outrage and poignancy. Nobody knows how to bring the disdain of racial to the forefront like the skilled Spike Lee
| Original Score: 4/5
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
May 6, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
January 6, 2004
| Original Score: 5/5
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
April 11, 2003
a clear example that film auteurs can handle a variety of genres when inspired
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Scott Renshaw
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
A powerful tale of tragic loss turned into positive action.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
January 1, 2000
A thoughtful, graceful, quietly devastating account.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
It is Lee's job as a film maker to imbue these images with life, and that's a task he easily accomplishes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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