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Off and Running Reviews

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July 22, 2010
Off and Running is so careful about being non-judgmental, that it dares you to judge it for being too diverse and multi-cultural. Was this POV chosen so we could chastise ourselves for not accepting someone because they are "different?"
April 1, 2010
A patient, slightly stiff, often intensely moving portrait of a girl who believes her choices are literally black and white.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 28, 2010
...a personal and insightful character study
Full Review | Original Score: B-
March 21, 2010
This documentary not only provides a look at a most unique and diverse family, but provides a subtext of environment vs. heredity
Full Review | Original Score: B
February 4, 2010
Blessed with candid subjects, a sure sense of emotional honesty and an eye for drawing out the power of small moments, Opper has produced a memorable, deeply affecting film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 29, 2010
Captures raw emotion of adopted teen grappling with her African-American identity -- happy ever after is subjective in America where race makes everything more complicated.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
January 29, 2010
The director, Nicole Opper, makes space for the complexities of transracial adoption without forcing her film into a predetermined, inspirational box.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
January 29, 2010
Nice coming-of-age doc about an African-American teen who shares a Brooklyn brownstone with the white Jewish lesbian parents who adopted her and two adopted siblings.
January 29, 2010
As the father of an adopted daughter, I was very moved. But the film is so well done that just about anybody will have that feeling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 28, 2010
Plots of coming of age narrative features often exploit teenagers' raging hormones and explore the high jinx fueled by them. In contrast, Nicole Opper's coming of age documentary is a serious study about an adolescent's search for her personal identity
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 28, 2010
the more stilted, scripted moments that make the whole thing seem false, and take away from the thrust of the movie
| Original Score: 3/5
January 28, 2010
Director Nicole Opper never resorts to promoting reductive, campus counselor-esque values.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 27, 2010
Ultimately uplifting, this endearing bio-pic offers a wonderful warts-and-all look from the inside out at both the blessings and challenges of trans-cultural adoption.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 26, 2010
Opper doesn't angle for a climactic group hug, but she sticks around long enough to allow us to exhale while this intelligent young woman begins to set herself, quite literally, back on track.
October 29, 2009
What at first looks like a heartwarming portrait of a highly blended modern family turns into a no less engrossing illustration of that situation's possible pitfalls in Off and Running.
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