Girlhood (2003)



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

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Coming-of-age stories of two troubled yet self-aware young girls from Baltimore. Shanae, ten years old when she was gang-raped by five boys, responded by drinking and using drugs, and then graduated to murder, with the stabbing death of a friend, at age 11. Megan, whose heroin-addicted mother abandoned her to turn tricks, ran away from ten different foster homes before being arrested for attacking another foster child with a box cutter. Both girls ended up in the Waxter Juvenile Facility, home to Maryland's most violent juvenile offenders. It is here that their journeys really begin.
Documentary , Special Interest
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Critic Reviews for Girlhood

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (11)

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Full Review… | March 25, 2009
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | July 18, 2007
Chicago Reader
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Full Review… | February 20, 2004
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

The trajectories of Shanae's and Megan's lives speak volumes for themselves.

Full Review… | February 6, 2004
Boston Globe
Top Critic

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
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | November 13, 2003
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Girlhood


Rodd asked to never see anything like this again. I kind of agree, even thought it was good. It was really, really depressing.

Lisa Whelpley
Lisa Whelpley

This documentary shocks you at what is going on in some teenagers' lives as it follows two girls from Baltimore in their struggle through the justice system and transition into the real world and adulthood. The footage is very real as it explores juvenile delinquency along with its causes and solutions, both good and bad. Certain to cause wonder and worry.

Eduardo Baskervill
Eduardo Baskervill

It was crazy to see how some young people live their lives - acting out and even killing people with no remorse. Very sad.

Fran Wilds
Fran Wilds

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