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Our Song Reviews

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Jeremiah Kipp
May 3, 2001
Too much emphasis on dramatic structure.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Heather Wadowski
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
It's a film that tries so hard at being lifelike that it forgets to be entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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
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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.

Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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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
Ted Murphy
December 21, 2001
While there are some minor flaws in "Our Song," it is a rich work that introduces three extraordinary young talents and marks a maturation in filmmaker [Jim] McKay.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Betsy Bozdech
September 1, 2006
At times, Our Song feels like a documentary, never once seeming forced or far-fetched.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
January 6, 2002
It's an astonishing movie, with a real-life feel.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
Renee Schonfeld
Common Sense Media
July 2, 2013
Honest, positive look at urban teens with mature themes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
August 21, 2001
The power of Our Song finally comes through in its dozens of mesmerizing moments.
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
October 16, 2001
A humbling, poignant alternative to the movies about teenagers we usually see. This one isn't about a party. It's about life.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
May 25, 2001
An extraordinary film with a ring of authenticity....stands head-and-shoulders over other coming-of-age movies.
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
Arthur Lazere
August 9, 2001
It would take a heart of stone not to respond to these characters, sympathetically written and sincerely acted.
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
September 6, 2001
It's not clear who is telling whose story, but it's obvious this song belongs to them all.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
January 1, 2000
It is hard to imagine a movie less self-indulgent than Our Song, or one more completely absorbed in the complex humanity of its subjects.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
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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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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
August 30, 2001
After watching Our Song, we leave with a very potent sense that these characters have become so real, they continue living beyond the close of the movie.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 13, 2001
That rare thing, an American movie that looks at teenagers' life with sensitivity and empathy and humanity.
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