Born Into Brothels - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Born Into Brothels Reviews

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Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
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
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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
March 11, 2005
One feels manipulated rather than enlightened.
| Original Score: 3/5
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
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
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
March 11, 2005
A documentary that flows with all the narrative drive and emotional intensity of good fiction.
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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
Cynthia Fuchs
March 11, 2005
Behind her, laundry flaps and an orange sky offers beauty, but also, the imminent night, when the men enter.
Larry Ratliff
San Antonio Express-News
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
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
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.
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
March 10, 2005
It uses the medium to capture and reveal something and to inform the audience about it.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
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
Phoebe Flowers
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
March 10, 2005
Even when Born Into Brothels shows a world one might rather pretend didn't exist, it is enchanting to view.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Eric D. Snider
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-
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
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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John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
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...
| Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
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
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
March 3, 2005
It's one of the most inspiring finales I've seen in a long while.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
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.
| 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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