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Children Underground (2001)

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 7.5/10
Reviews Counted: 17
Fresh: 16
Rotten: 1

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Average Rating: 7.6/10
Reviews Counted: 7
Fresh: 7
Rotten: 0

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 4.2/5
User Ratings: 1,086

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Movie Info

When Romanian dictator Nicolei Ceaucescu outlawed the use of contraceptives and encouraged his subjects to have more children in a bid to increase his nation's population, his campaign had a terrible and dangerous side effect -- thousands of children were born to broken or dysfunctional families in a nation mired in political and economic instability, resulting in a large and rapidly growing population of homeless children in the city of Bucharest, with their numbers estimated at over 20,000. … More

Rating:
Unrated (not Rated)
Genre:
Documentary , Special Interest
Directed By:
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Feb 28, 2003
Runtime:
New Video


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Critic Reviews for Children Underground

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (16) | Rotten (1) | DVD (5)

Almost unbearably sad.

Full Review… | June 16, 2002
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

Heartbreaking, urgent, unsentimental and unflinching.

Full Review… | January 18, 2002
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Edet Belzberg's fearless aesthetic is also a measure of her film's brilliant indictment of any society that can allow its most vulnerable to slip into oblivion.

Full Review… | September 24, 2001
Variety
Top Critic

A heartrending act of courage in the guise of a documentary film.

Full Review… | September 19, 2001
Newsday
Top Critic

A singularly depressing film.

Full Review… | September 19, 2001
New York Times
Top Critic

A powerful piece of filmmaking.

September 19, 2001
New York Post
Top Critic

I think the most important aspect here is that this subject is at least being addressed.

Full Review… | December 8, 2002
Film Threat

Although technically ragged, the film packs a devastating emotional punch.

Full Review… | December 9, 2001
Film Journal International

Homelessness is all too familiar to many inhabitants of the world's wealthiest cities, but rarely has the situation seemed so hopeless, or its victims so desperate.

Full Review… | September 19, 2001
TV Guide's Movie Guide

A searing portrait of kids abandoned by their Romanian parents, products of former dictator Ceausescu's policy banning abortion and contraception.

Full Review… | September 14, 2001
Compuserve

Edet Belzberg's heart-breaking documentary transcends exploit by subtly indicting the homeless plight of Romanian youth on Ceausescu's ignorant legacy.

Full Review… | September 6, 2001
Slant Magazine

If you have a stomach for harrowing, depressing true tales of man's inhumanity to man, Children Underground is a fantastic document of a nation's priorities gone wild.

Full Review… | May 15, 2001
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Audience Reviews for Children Underground

½

Tremendously depressing story about young kids in Bucharest who spend their lives engaged in violence with one another and getting high on homemade goop. See it when you need to be saddened.

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John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

Remembering reading about the horror of the Romanian orphanages a while ago, it's heartbreaking to see that life didn't get any better for these kids. If the point of making this documentary was to help these kids in some way, how could the crew stand by and watch these kids hurt themselves and each other? I'm also curious to find out if this benefitted them in any way. Some were fortunate enough to get off the streets, while others were still wandering around helplessly. It's a well done documentary, but where's the line between being a documentary and exploitation of a situation?

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neffielee
nefnie lee

Super Reviewer

½

Wow. This is a spectacular doc. The footage shown is phenomenal and unbelievable. You have to see it to believe it.

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Wu Chouin

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