Stolen Childhoods Reviews

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Chelsea Bain
Boston Herald
October 21, 2006

Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Ronnie Scheib
Variety
Top Critic
May 24, 2005

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.

Akiva Gottlieb
Village Voice
Top Critic
May 17, 2005

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.

Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
June 3, 2005

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

Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
July 1, 2005

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

| Original Score: 2/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
July 1, 2005

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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic
July 5, 2005

Well meaning but less than riveting in its execution, this documentary is far better suited for public television exposure than theatrical release.

Maria Garcia
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007

The result is an infomercial rather than a film.

Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic
June 2, 2005

Stolen Childhoods is a serious work of analysis, rooting the resistance to reform in Third World government corruption and Western profiteering.

Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
May 18, 2005

More of an educational lecture than a documentary film.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
May 19, 2005

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 | Original Score: 3/4
Gene Seymour
Newsday
Top Critic
May 19, 2005

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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
Top Critic
May 20, 2005

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
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
Top Critic
May 20, 2005

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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
Top Critic
June 24, 2005

A dispiriting public service announcement.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Dana Stevens
New York Times
Top Critic
May 19, 2005

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 | Original Score: 3/5
Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic
June 2, 2005

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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
Tim Cogshell
Boxoffice Magazine
July 5, 2005

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

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

E! Online
June 3, 2005

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 | Original Score: B
Dave Calhoun
Time Out New York
Top Critic
August 16, 2007


AV Club
Top Critic
September 26, 2005


Time Out
Top Critic
February 9, 2006


Time Out
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November 17, 2011

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