Born Into Brothels Reviews

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Jay Antani
Cinema Writer
January 20, 2012
an absorbing journey over gritty social terrain, driven by a fierce sense of purpose
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Beth Accomando
KPBS.org
June 8, 2008
This bond of trust between the filmmakers and their subjects exemplifies the kind of personal involvement that many documentary makers are striving for these days.
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
September 20, 2007
As bright as a box of new crayons, and just as full of creative potential, these children give us vibrant pictures of hope in the midst of oppression.
| Original Score: A+
Kam Williams
Princeton Town Topics
June 20, 2007
In the end, you can't help but wonder exactly what it was you've just seen. A hard-hitting exposé? Voyeuristic slumming? A true tale of triumph, against all odds? A self-aggrandizing, vanity biopic? Some new type of reality film?Perhaps all of the above.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
January 10, 2006
Profundamente comovente e trágico, apesar de suas óbvias falhas estruturais e %u2013 o mais grave %u2013 de pisar em um terreno instável em seu aspecto ético.
| Original Score: 4/5

Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5

Empire Magazine
September 2, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
May 10, 2005
The children themselves are mostly upbeat and often happy. At the same time, they have an adult-like realization that their lives are likely to be short, and grim.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Linda Cook
KWQC-TV (Iowa)
April 26, 2005
Every thinking adult should see this compelling Oscar-nominated documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
April 13, 2005
Born Into Brothels simmers with righteous anger, but it never boils over.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 9, 2005
A well-intentioned idealistic look at a group of oppressed children in Calcutta's red-light district.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
April 8, 2005
[The filmmakers'] approach to the material makes it palatable, but a grittier style would have added depth and power.
| Original Score: 3/4
Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World
April 8, 2005
It's a testament to the abilities of these Calcutta children that the most touching images revealed in Born Into Brothels are those taken by themselves.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
David N. Butterworth
Movie Boeuf
April 6, 2005
An unsentimental look at how beauty, artistry, and hope can emerge from the most unexpected of places.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Sean O'Connell
Charlotte Weekly
April 4, 2005
Wears the confidence of a well-planned feature.
| Original Score: 3/4
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
April 4, 2005
Briski doesn't merely document the children's milieu. Instead, she does something revolutionary: She empowers them to document it for themselves.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Randy Shulman
Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
April 1, 2005
Despite the bleak subject matter, Born into Brothels [contains] moments of pure elation.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
March 27, 2005
A devastating portrait of impoverished Calcutta children who are born into the sex trades, yet the film is also an inspiring document about human possibilities and the need to strive despite impossible odds.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
March 24, 2005
Against all odds, it's ultimately an uplifting experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies
March 23, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
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June 24, 2006
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September 26, 2005

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September 6, 2005
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Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
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July 5, 2005

Boston Phoenix
February 5, 2005
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