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Love & Diane

Love & Diane (2002)

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93

Average Rating: 7.8/10
Critic Reviews: 15
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 1

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Jennifer Dworkin taught photography workshops in the New York City shelter system, and that's how she eventually met the subjects of her documentary, Love and Diane. Diane Hazzard is a single mother of six children and a recovering crack addict living in Brooklyn. As the film opens, one of her daughters, Love Hinson, has just given birth to a baby boy, Donyaeh. Love and Diane follows the family's trials over nearly three years, as Diane struggles valiantly to reunite her family and regain the

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All Critics (33) | Top Critics (16) | Fresh (29) | Rotten (1)

Presents a story as insightful as it is harrowing.

September 20, 2003
Detroit Free Press
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A powerful and important film.

September 18, 2003 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Dworkin gives a compassionate face to the miasma of New York's family court-social services matrix.

June 6, 2003
Washington Post
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It is a movie about the real challenge of heroism.

June 6, 2003
Washington Post
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A velvet-swaddled, iron-fisted documentary that will set standards of vérité filmmaking for years to come.

May 28, 2003 Full Review Source: Newsday
Newsday
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Vivid, accomplished and ultimately soul-touching.

May 23, 2003
Seattle Times
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Compelling from beginning to end.

September 26, 2003
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Primarily of interest to those in the helping professions, Director Jennifer Dworkin presents this less as a case study than as a study in survival, and proves that strength of character often exists even in situations where abuse has occurred.

July 26, 2003 Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan
San Diego Metropolitan

An eloquent, unaffected panegyric to a family which confronts every imaginable burden of poverty.

July 22, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

There is meat of humanity here, love both true and forlorn, little shaping beyond the choice of what to include.

July 11, 2003 Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego Union-Tribune

["Love & Diane"] is an ideal documentary for a two-part POV on public television and is a remarkable feature for docu-maker Dworkin.

May 27, 2003 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

both intimate and epic, a compelling observation of the labyrinthine state welfare systems which frustrate with cross purposes and the cyclical nature of abuse and neglect.

May 18, 2003 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

I can't imagine an attentive viewer leaving Love & Diane without increased understanding and concern with regard to inner-city life.

April 17, 2003 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

This important, psychologically rich film not only overturns the ugly stereotype of the welfare mother with no ambition and plenty of children, but also avoids blindly condemning New York State's much-maligned child welfare system.

April 16, 2003 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

A clear-eyed look at the struggles of a Brooklyn family trying to break the cycles of neglect, drugs, and poverty with sometimes surprising results.

April 16, 2003 Full Review Source: Offoffoff
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