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4 Little Girls Reviews

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Rob Nelson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
August 20, 2009
Spike Lee has launched another perfectly timed counteroffensive: a calmly wrenching mix of oral history and period newsreels.

September 22, 2008
It's presented with Lee's usual intelligence and clarity as he skilfully mixes politics with moving reminders of the lives it affects.
September 22, 2008
Time and tragedy may have flattened the four girls into remote paragons of youthful virtue, but the viciousness of anti-integrationist rhetoric is palpable and should never be forgotten.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
September 22, 2008
There isn't an ounce of flab or hype, and the story it tells is profoundly affecting.
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Todd McCarthy
May 16, 2008
A compelling, straightforward account of a deeply sorrowful and pivotal event in the civil rights movement.
Rob Gonsalves
July 23, 2007
Lee's filmmaking ... has the beauty of simplicity and the shadings of compassion.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Emanuel Levy
February 3, 2006
Spike Lee's Oscar-nominated documentary, about one of the defining moments of the civil rights movement, balances personal and painful memories of many witnesses with a poignantly political expose of the event, the murder of four innocent girls.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
The big part of Lee's film commemorates the lives of the '4 little girls' who died, through the memories of parents, siblings and friends.
Chris Pepus
September 16, 2004
Some of the credit for the two convictions may well be due to Spike Lee's memorable 1997 documentary...which brought new attention to the case.
Frank Ochieng
June 24, 2004
Immensely gripping in its outrage and poignancy. Nobody knows how to bring the disdain of racial to the forefront like the skilled Spike Lee
| Original Score: 4/5
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
April 11, 2003
a clear example that film auteurs can handle a variety of genres when inspired
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
January 1, 2000
A thoughtful, graceful, quietly devastating account.
| Original Score: 5/5
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
It is Lee's job as a film maker to imbue these images with life, and that's a task he easily accomplishes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
There is mostly sadness and regret at the surface in 4 Little Girls, but there is anger in the depths, as there should be.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
Lee's powerful film works best in the stock footage from the past for no words can adequately describe what happened then.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
4 Little Girls brilliantly captures a moment in American history and tells an achingly painful story of injustice and family loss.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
David Armstrong
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
The movie is strongest when Lee keeps his eye on the prize: the experiences of ordinary people in an extraordinary time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Scott Renshaw
January 1, 2000
A powerful tale of tragic loss turned into positive action.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Michael Szymanski
June 1, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
July 25, 2004
| Original Score: 5/5
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