Girlhood Reviews

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May 7, 2015
The movie captures that heady adolescent sense of time stopping and the moment mattering while standing far enough back to let us acknowledge all the pitfalls Marieme is moving too fast to see.
April 9, 2015
From the opening montage of Marieme and other girls playing American football in full uniform, "Girlhood" resonates as something special.
April 2, 2015
"Girlhood" is about as grim as movies get, but it's showing something real, and Sciamma has a feel for this period of life, the camaraderie, the jokes, the kinds of conflicts, the panic and the hope.
March 19, 2015
Director Sciamma uses an uncommonly light touch in depicting Marieme's gradual transformation from an unformed blank slate into a self-assured girl who doesn't always make the right decisions in the process of figuring herself out.
February 27, 2015
Sciamma (Water Lilies, Tomboy) gets unaffected performances from her non-professional cast.
February 26, 2015
"Girlhood" is a mesmerizing exercise in the enlightenment that can happen when a filmmaker shifts the male cinematic gaze ever so slightly and uncovers what looks like a whole new world.
April 3, 2019
Sciamma's latest is an adrenaline shot of socially aware filmmaking that's an invigorating and perspicacious exploration of adolescence.
March 8, 2019
[Céline] Sciamma is at her best when the girls are alone together and also as in her earlier films when her characters seem to be exploring their sexual orientation and gender expression.
November 8, 2018
Set in the lower class suburbs of France, Girlhood is as much an emotional journey as it is a visual one and a satisfying film from beginning to end.
August 22, 2018
In this working-class setting, Sciamma conveys with naturalistic immediacy, it's their gender that renders them second-class citizens.
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