Girlhood Reviews

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October 23, 2019
[Celine] Sciamma is unflinching in her depiction of the physical, emotional and sociological warfare of adolescence - specifically, female adolescence.
August 6, 2019
Girlhood stands as a singular, rarely-seen through a female-centric lens, a film about a disenfranchised group of teenage Black girls.
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.
June 26, 2018
Girlhood shines a poignant light on black female friendship, and the presence of violence feels like an unfortunate attempt at projecting racial verisimilitude. What's far more interesting is the sight of these four girls enjoying each other's company.
February 14, 2018
This is a simple, clean film and (apart from the clumpy English title) very good.
August 17, 2017
The complicated truth expressed in Girlhood is that it's often a survivor's strength that forges identities and occupations condemned by the rest of society-not weakness or hormonal confusion
July 10, 2016
A robust, forceful depiction this is of a type of personal story that gets virtually no screen time.
May 12, 2016
Symptomatic of the national picture, Girlhood is an unflinching portrait into the seething cauldron of interminable chaos created by the fractured social structures in contemporary Paris.
January 25, 2016
Compassionate, profound and pertinent...
January 2, 2016
Girlhood captures how wonderful it is to even briefly belong.
January 1, 2016
[Marieme] has a long road into the seemingly inescapable marginalization of poor young black women ahead of her. But Girlhood offers some hope that the fleeting moments remain.
December 30, 2015
More in common with the French New Wave than Italian neorealism, this is a film that both celebrates and sheds tears over gansta life. It is the French version of "New Jack City" in some ways.
December 21, 2015
Girlhood stands on its own as a thoughtful, nonjudgmental look at a lost teen who finds definition over the course of a few rocky months.
December 7, 2015
An uneasy but ultimately resilient view of inner-city femininity and self-discovery, Girlhood reminds viewers that no matter where you're from, going from girl to woman is always going to be a struggle.
August 19, 2015
In her previous features, Water Lilies and Tomboy, Sciamma focused on young characters in states of transition and discovery. Girlhood follows a trajectory of transformation, something that Toure achieves with effortless fluidity.
August 14, 2015
Very good, very punchy social drama from France about Marieme (Karidja Toure), a prospectless, poverty-stricken black French teenage girl who succumbs to the ego-boosting allure of being in a gang.
June 14, 2015
...has wonderful moments in which the carefree nature of childhood is held in bittersweet tension with the yearning to be an adult.
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