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Born Into Brothels Reviews

March 11, 2005
One feels manipulated rather than enlightened.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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 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 3, 2005
It's one of the most inspiring finales I've seen in a long while.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
February 24, 2005
Born Into Brothels is great humanitarianism, but it's not great filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
February 24, 2005
Beautifully filmed, and devoid of the kind of patronizing beneficence that First Worlders often bring to the Third World.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 22, 2005
This is a film about our world that deserves the attention and the audience that Michael Moore's films command.
February 19, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
February 18, 2005
Heartwarming, heartbreaking and, finally, deeply haunting.
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
February 18, 2005
Meeting these young people reminds us that victimized children can be reached, maybe because they're too young to see themselves as victims.
Read More | Original Score: B+
February 18, 2005
A success, though it is flat in its pacing and a bit self-congratulatory in awkward moments.
February 17, 2005
Heroism can come in subtle forms. This is one of them.
February 11, 2005
The drama lies in watching [the children's] artistic educations sharpen their sense of self, change the way they observe the world, and affect their painful, squalid environment.
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
February 10, 2005
It's beautifully photographed and, thanks to its subject matter, sometimes intensely moving.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
February 4, 2005
This low-tech, buoyant, yet often heartbreaking film is miracle enough on its own terms, full of surprises and tragic reminders that many kids are robbed of their dreams and promise by exploitative forces.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 4, 2005
Before our eyes, Briski confronts and answers questions of exploitation that can shadow profilers of the downtrodden.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
February 3, 2005
Filmmakers Zana Briski and Ross Kauffman find intermittent beauty without pushing our sentimental buttons. But the title promises more than the movie delivers.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 28, 2005
This is the kind of film that reminds you of what movies, at their best, are capable of.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 27, 2005
A documentary that changed the lives both of subjects and filmmakers, it will reorder the worldview of whoever sees it.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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.
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
December 10, 2004
Touching and saddening.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 9, 2004
A perfect, and perfectly calculated, documentary.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
December 9, 2004
Zana Briski's documentary about children growing up in Calcutta's rough and squalid red light district is moving, charming and sad.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 8, 2004
Some of the children's photographs are lovely, and the film has a thick, humid vibrancy to its colors.
December 8, 2004
Kauffman and Briski -- the kids called her Zana Auntie -- avoid the temptation to sentimentalize their subjects.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
December 7, 2004
The specter of long odds and narrow choices shades every frame of the film, yet the tone is often buoyant and legitimately inspirational.
November 29, 2004
The resilience that shines in the faces of these children, both in the photos and in the movie itself, makes one angry once more about the incredible waste of human potential caused by social and economic injustice.
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.
January 27, 2004
A work of art so deep and resonant that it puts most narrative films to shame.