Girl Hood

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An intimate, compassionate look at two teenagers in juvenile hall.

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Shanae has accumulated an astonishing amount of trauma within her short life. At 10, she suffered a hideous gang-rape; alcohol and drug abuse followed; then she murdered a friend. Megan, on the other hand, dealt with a mother addicted to heroin, and, after fleeing numerous foster homes, attempted to stab another child. This documentary follows these two bright but troubled young girls at the Waxter Juvenile Facility in Baltimore as they struggle their way toward redemption and understanding.

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Critic Reviews for Girlhood

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (31) | Rotten (2)

  • Like many similar documentaries, this 2002 feature doesn't present easy answers, but by letting the two girls register as individuals, it forces the viewer to care about them when few around them can be bothered.

    July 18, 2007 | Full Review…
  • The trajectories of Shanae's and Megan's lives speak volumes for themselves.

    February 6, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • An eye-opening sociological examination that is alternately moving and tedious. Ultimately, however, one can't help but be caught up in the travails of its two memorable subjects.

    November 14, 2003
  • It isn't just difficult to do justice to Shanae and Megan in an average of 44 minutes apiece; as it turns out, it's impossible.

    November 13, 2003 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • While it is one part a coming-of-age story and one part a story of girls and mothers, Girlhood is just as much about the attainment of wisdom.

    October 31, 2003 | Full Review…
  • It shows a fascination with the criminal justice system, and amazing access to the people caught in its wheels.

    October 30, 2003

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