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Love & Diane (2002)

Love & Diane


Average Rating: 7.8/10
Reviews Counted: 30
Fresh: 29
Rotten: 1

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

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

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.


Average Rating: 3.4/5
User Ratings: 724


Movie Info

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 … More

Documentary , Special Interest
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Critic Reviews for Love & Diane

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
Top Critic

A powerful and important film.

Full Review… | September 18, 2003
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

Dworkin gives a compassionate face to the miasma of New York's family court-social services matrix.

June 6, 2003
Washington Post
Top Critic

It is a movie about the real challenge of heroism.

June 6, 2003
Washington Post
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | May 28, 2003
Top Critic

Vivid, accomplished and ultimately soul-touching.

May 23, 2003
Seattle Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | July 26, 2003
San Diego Metropolitan

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

Full Review… | July 22, 2003
Film Journal International

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

Full Review… | July 11, 2003
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.

Full Review… | May 27, 2003
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.

Full Review… | May 18, 2003
Reeling Reviews

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

Full Review… | April 17, 2003
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.

Full Review… | April 16, 2003
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.

Full Review… | April 16, 2003

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