Opening

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65% The Hundred-Foot Journey $5.3M
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Stolen Childhoods Reviews

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Maria Garcia
Film Journal International

The result is an infomercial rather than a film.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

March 1, 2007
Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
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Well meaning but less than riveting in its execution, this documentary is far better suited for public television exposure than theatrical release.

July 5, 2005
Tim Cogshell
Boxoffice Magazine

A gripping indictment of the effective enslavement of children all over the world.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

July 5, 2005
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Morris continually drives home the same point, about the inhumanity and cruelty of child labor. Needless to say, it gets redundant and starts feeling wearying and monotonous.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 1, 2005
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune

A blunt but effective guilt trip..., more a political statement than a personal one.

| Original Score: 2/4

July 1, 2005
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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A dispiriting public service announcement.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 24, 2005

E! Online

At times, Stolen feels more like a fundraising tool than a theatrical release, but it's still an effective call to action, emphasizing the need for social responsibility by consumers, lawmakers and corporations.

Full Review Source: E! Online | Original Score: B

June 3, 2005
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat

...as utilitarian a piece of filmmaking as can be imagined

June 3, 2005
Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
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Narrated by Meryl Streep, the film thoughtfully lays out the facts while highlighting various programs that aim to eliminate economic incentives to exploit children, and to return them to their families, enabling them to go to school.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

June 2, 2005
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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Stolen Childhoods is a serious work of analysis, rooting the resistance to reform in Third World government corruption and Western profiteering.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

June 2, 2005
Ronnie Scheib
Variety
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In its reliance on emotionally loaded voiceover and its disconcertingly direct appeals for support, Len Morris' old-fashioned docu seems more designed for fund-raising pitches than theatrical release.

Full Review Source: Variety

May 24, 2005
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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Meryl Streep narrates this global update on child-labor abuses with all the enthusiasm and alarm of someone reading 'The Pet Goat' to a classroom of second-graders.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 20, 2005
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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It remains for a tougher documentary to more forcefully trace exactly who benefits from this shameful practice -- multinational corporations and consumers who don't ask enough questions.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

May 20, 2005
Dana Stevens
New York Times
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This earnest, unsentimental documentary describes the lot of the 246 million children for whom, as the narrator Meryl Streep says in the prologue, 'life is nothing but work.'

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

May 19, 2005
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Makes the point that we are all one family and the degradation and slavery of one child working in horrible conditions diminishes us all.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice | Original Score: 3/4

May 19, 2005
Gene Seymour
Newsday
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When a movie like Stolen Childhoods feels it has to almost beat you senseless by proclaiming 'Children are our future' or similar platitudes, you wonder how and why such shouting became necessary.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 19, 2005
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine

More of an educational lecture than a documentary film.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 18, 2005
Akiva Gottlieb
Village Voice
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As cinema, this is standard, on-the-nose PBS fluff, but it's the grade school principal's perfect guilt inducement tool for slackers who arrive late to class.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

May 17, 2005
Chelsea Bain
Boston Herald

Full Review Source: Boston Herald | Original Score: 1/4

October 21, 2006

Time Out
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