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Born Into Brothels Reviews

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December 14, 2004
We brush past the cruel and harrowing life of the women "in the line."
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November 12, 2004
Focuses too much on the production of images and not enough on documenting the world contained within them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 29, 2017
Zana Briski and Ross Kauffman's Born Into Brothels is both sustained and ultimately sunk by its lofty intentions.
January 26, 2005
Born Into Brothels is designed to be 'inspirational,' yet it shortchanges the complex reality of the lives it makes such a show of saving.
Full Review | Original Score: C
March 11, 2005
One feels manipulated rather than enlightened.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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 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 23, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 11, 2005
The movie is a record by well-meaning people who try to make a difference for the better, and succeed to a small degree while all around them the horror continues unaffected.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 27, 2005
Will break your heart, then warm it up and leave you with that 7-Up longing to know what happens next to Zana's kids.
March 16, 2005
"There is nothing called hope in my future." Click. Oh yeah, bring a tissue.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 22, 2005
This is a film about our world that deserves the attention and the audience that Michael Moore's films command.
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
December 7, 2004
Episodic and drenched in realism
| Original Score: 4/5
June 20, 2007
In the end, you can't help but wonder exactly what it was you've just seen. A hard-hitting exposť? Voyeuristic slumming? A true tale of triumph, against all odds? A self-aggrandizing, vanity biopic? Some new type of reality film?Perhaps all of the above.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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-
November 29, 2004
Even if the film itself is relatively conventional, its exposure of a squalid city's most benighted neighborhood and its introduction of hope into nearly hopeless lives give it strong human interest value.
June 8, 2008
This bond of trust between the filmmakers and their subjects exemplifies the kind of personal involvement that many documentary makers are striving for these days.
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.
February 18, 2005
Born of genuine research and a desire to shine light into the darkness, as all great documentaries must.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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