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Girls Rock! Reviews

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Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
March 19, 2009
comes off a bit like an extended advertisement for the place
| Original Score: 2.5/5
David Cornelius
DVDTalk.com
March 13, 2009
The filmmakers end up rushing us through these girls' stories, achieving a vague sense of female angst but ultimately barely skimming the surface.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Loey Lockerby
Kansas City Star
September 26, 2008
It's a great program and a great subject, but Girl's Rock! directors Shane King and Arne Johnson don't quite know what to do with it.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
August 1, 2008
How are girls supposed to behave in a culture that tells them they're Disney princesses for the first 12 years and sex toys after that? Girls Rock! has one answer: Strap on a Fender and rage against the machine.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Sid Smith
Chicago Tribune
August 1, 2008
There's too little clarity or thoroughness in the biographies, too few prolonged scenes of the girls creating their songs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
June 12, 2008
There is a slightly patronizing flavor to portions of this mostly enjoyable film. But the interview subjects are very likable and charismatic, which certainly helps.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
May 16, 2008
Girls rock, flat documentaries do not.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Michael Sragow
Baltimore Sun
April 25, 2008
Girls Rock! is scrappy, but at its best, it shows you humans blooming with the speed of flowers in time-lapse photography.
Read More | Original Score: B
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
April 18, 2008
'Why don't you start your own band? That's a lot cooler than having a boyfriend in a band!' So says 15-year-old Laura, who makes a better pitch for the 'empowerment' aspects of the Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls than do the adult counselors...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
April 11, 2008
There's so much joy and coming-of-age angst turned into nuggets of gold that it seems uncharitable to ask, what might be missing (more onscreen appreciation for rock's goddesses and gods, perhaps.)
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
April 3, 2008
It's goooood.
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Film Threat
April 3, 2008
Never seeks to be anything more than a simplistic look at young women not just learning how to create music, but how to take hold of their talents and use it to their advantage...
| Original Score: 3/5
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
March 21, 2008
Music -- as a general concept and in the daily details of rock camp -- occasions this ideal state, connected and creative.
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
March 15, 2008
Girls at risk take the world by storm at an artists' refuge where it's all right to scream.
| Original Score: 7/10
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
March 8, 2008
Rhetoric far outweighs substance in this vaguely satisfying and preachy doc.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Tim Cogshell
Boxoffice Magazine
March 7, 2008
captures a good deal more than the sometimes discordant music produced by these young, would-be chick-monsters of rock.
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
March 7, 2008
Young women find expression for more than their music in Girls Rock!, a jubilant documentary about a place where power chords and empowerment go hand in hand.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
March 7, 2008
Girls Rock! happily pulls off the trick of being both entertaining and moving; grown-up girls may well watch with an occasional tear as we see the campers subtly transform.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
Maria Garcia
Film Journal International
March 7, 2008
While it is absorbing to see girls in this environment, the psychological and sociological perspective which the filmmakers bring teaches us about their subjects rather than allowing us to get to know them.
Paula Nechak
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
March 7, 2008
The film is a hopeful, rollicking, rocking, humorous, heartbreaking journey.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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