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The Anderson Monarchs

The Anderson Monarchs (2012)

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The Anderson Monarchs is about an all-girls soccer team competing, living, and thriving in an at-risk urban neighborhood in Philadelphia. Nominated in 2008 by Sports Illustrated as "Sports Team" of the year, they were also hailed as "the future of American Soccer" in the London newspaper, The Guardian. The documentary follows two girls, Jlon, age 11, and Kahlaa, age 10, through their formative years from 2009 to 2011. As the girls grow as soccer players, they learn more about their own

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"The Anderson Monarchs" is the nicest of stories, but Martin fails to put into focus what is really at stake for the dedicated players or their devoted coach.

August 23, 2012 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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...gossamer-delicate film about an inner-city Philadelphia girls' soccer team is replete with genuine uplift, but skimps on any narrative that would have brought its subjects into sharper relief.

August 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
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