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Girls Rock! Reviews

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Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
May 16, 2008
Girls rock, flat documentaries do not.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
March 3, 2008
The directors sacrifice substantially investigating the four girls for Morgan Spurlock-ish populist gimmickry.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
March 19, 2009
comes off a bit like an extended advertisement for the place
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Mike Russell
Oregonian
March 7, 2008
There is something, well, awesome about watching these vivid young women...get onstage after five days and ferociously sing earnest lyrics they wrote themselves.
Full Review | Original Score: b
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
March 7, 2008
Some of the footage is entertaining. Too much of it is confusing, repetitive or unremarkable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Vadim Rizov
L.A. Weekly
March 6, 2008
This dreary doc does little more than underline the talking points.
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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
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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
March 7, 2008
Though Girls Rock! is nothing if not well meaning, it doesn't always feel like the best possible film on the subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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.
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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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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Jay Ruttenberg
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
March 6, 2008
An intelligent, eye-opening documentary that gives young women a chance to open their tightly-guarded hearts and explore their talents and bliss.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Raphaela Weissman
New York Press
March 5, 2008
The pacing and tone of Girls Rock! match its subject perfectly.
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
March 8, 2008
Rhetoric far outweighs substance in this vaguely satisfying and preachy doc.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Geoff Berkshire
Metromix.com
March 6, 2008
The shy, awkward subjects of Girls Rock! stand in refreshing contrast to the American Idol ideal of potential superstars.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media
March 6, 2008
Girl-power docu has a strong positive message.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
March 6, 2008
Takes a trip to the annual "Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls" in Portland, Oregon and comes away with something a bit more.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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