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Born Into Brothels Reviews

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March 14, 2005
The best moments of Born Into Brothels come when Kauffman and Briski let the children speak for themselves.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 11, 2005
One feels manipulated rather than enlightened.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
March 11, 2005
Without sentimentality or preaching, Briski and filmmaker Ross Kauffman open our eyes to the universality of the childhood experience and the presence of artistic sensibilities in the most surprising places.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
March 11, 2005
A beautifully made essay on a filmmaker's efforts to teach the children of Calcutta's prostitutes the fine art of photography.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
March 11, 2005
The film says all it needs to say through the photos of the kids and their excited, wide-eyed reactions when they realize the outside world is paying attention to them.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 11, 2005
A documentary that flows with all the narrative drive and emotional intensity of good fiction.
March 11, 2005
The stories in Brothels are quite moving, and the film sheds light on a part of the world that is rarely seen anywhere.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 11, 2005
Behind her, laundry flaps and an orange sky offers beauty, but also, the imminent night, when the men enter.
March 11, 2005
Oh, Calcutta -- harsh and real like we've never seen it. ... This is one dazzling documentary that continues to develop.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
March 10, 2005
Powerful because it zooms in on the children, letting their words and images guide us . . . A forthright, hopeful, and bracing documentary of grassroots humanitarianism.
March 10, 2005
It uses the medium to capture and reveal something and to inform the audience about it.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 10, 2005
As powerful and uplifting as the film is, the end results are tempered by sadness, and prove that no matter how good your intentions, some problems are insurmountable.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 10, 2005
Even when Born Into Brothels shows a world one might rather pretend didn't exist, it is enchanting to view.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 7, 2005
If the film itself is not stellar, the humanitarian efforts it documents are. In this case, the content is more noble than the way it's presented.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
March 5, 2005
Watching such a powerful, heart-wrenching story, it's impossible not to be deeply moved-- and nearly as impossible to ignore what a cruddy job the movie does telling it.
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March 4, 2005
Briski's seeming sincerity and her positive results make up for one's occasional misgivings about her showy empathy for the unfortunate...
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 3, 2005
Meeting these young photographers is delightful, but what this film needed to transcend into greatness is more of Briski.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 3, 2005
It's one of the most inspiring finales I've seen in a long while.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
March 3, 2005
Briski gives herself too much screen time, making sure we see how tirelessly she fights to give the kids educational opportunities, health care and group photo exhibits at swank Manhattan galleries.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 25, 2005
The film and the photos taken by the children are full of images that touch a range of emotion from inspiring, to laughter to tears... as beautiful as it is heartbreaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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