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Our Song Reviews

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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
August 10, 2001
The movie's soul isn't its plot but the relationships among the girls.
Arthur Lazere
August 9, 2001
It would take a heart of stone not to respond to these characters, sympathetically written and sincerely acted.
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
August 8, 2001
The kind of movie that might be capable of realistically reflecting teens' lives to other teens.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Rob Blackwelder
August 8, 2001
A low-budget, low-income slice-of-life movie oozing with community atmosphere and authentic affinity...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
August 1, 2001
Pretentiously paced picture that tosses out a few big societal problems (drugs, shoplifting and, most of all, teen pregnancy) as nonchalantly as turning on a light switch.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
J. Robert Parks
Phantom Tollbooth
July 24, 2001
In lesser hands, this material would make for a banal after-school special; but writer and director Jim McKay (Girls Town) is clearly comfortable not only with his characters but also the lower-class urban milieu they inhabit.
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
July 24, 2001
Our Song has no illusions about easy fixes. But neither does it traffic in facile despair as its three Graces saunter along the cracked pavement and into our hearts.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 6, 2001
Has the courage to work without a net, aware that when you're a teenager, your life is not a story so much as a million possible stories.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Petrakis
Chicago Tribune
July 5, 2001
Rich with scenes of affection, anger and reconciliation, along with moments of unfeigned humor.
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
June 19, 2001
A languid but refreshingly real depiction of female adolescence in the inner city.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
June 15, 2001
Takes familiar material and develops it with such tact and skill that we find ourselves moved and sort of amazed at the same time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
June 15, 2001
Filmed with such immediacy that it often feels like a documentary and acted true-to-the-bone.
Gregory Weinkauf
New Times
June 14, 2001
The realism is so effective it feels perilously close to eavesdropping.
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Kevin Maynard
Mr. Showbiz
June 7, 2001
McKay captures their environment without condescension.
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Charles Taylor
May 29, 2001
It simply isn't satisfying, and for all McKay's refusal to succumb to clichéd dramatics the movie needs something.
Marshall Fine
Journal News (Westchester, NY)
May 29, 2001
The actresses in the central roles give subtle, even painful performances, each one capturing the seesaw emotions of young womanhood.
Frank Lovece
TV Guide
May 25, 2001
Rewardingly authentic and emotionally real.
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Jan Stuart
May 25, 2001
Refreshingly devoid of emotional hyperbole, but the director's lean, self-effacing style is occasionally less than gripping.
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May 25, 2001
Our Song is the most faithful cinematic depiction of adolescence in recent memory.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
May 25, 2001
It's a stroke of genuine artistry to craft a movie in a raw and glancing documentary style that is not merely 'authentic' but dramatic.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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