Stolen Childhoods - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Stolen Childhoods Reviews

Page 1 of 1
Maria Garcia
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
The result is an infomercial rather than a film.
Tim Cogshell
Boxoffice Magazine
July 5, 2005
A gripping indictment of the effective enslavement of children all over the world.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
July 5, 2005
Well meaning but less than riveting in its execution, this documentary is far better suited for public television exposure than theatrical release.
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
July 1, 2005
Morris continually drives home the same point, about the inhumanity and cruelty of child labor. Needless to say, it gets redundant and starts feeling wearying and monotonous.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
July 1, 2005
A blunt but effective guilt trip..., more a political statement than a personal one.
| Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
June 24, 2005
A dispiriting public service announcement.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4

E! Online
June 3, 2005
At times, Stolen feels more like a fundraising tool than a theatrical release, but it's still an effective call to action, emphasizing the need for social responsibility by consumers, lawmakers and corporations.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
June 3, 2005
...as utilitarian a piece of filmmaking as can be imagined
Top Critic
Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
June 2, 2005
Narrated by Meryl Streep, the film thoughtfully lays out the facts while highlighting various programs that aim to eliminate economic incentives to exploit children, and to return them to their families, enabling them to go to school.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Top Critic
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
June 2, 2005
Stolen Childhoods is a serious work of analysis, rooting the resistance to reform in Third World government corruption and Western profiteering.
Top Critic
Ronnie Scheib
Variety
May 24, 2005
In its reliance on emotionally loaded voiceover and its disconcertingly direct appeals for support, Len Morris' old-fashioned docu seems more designed for fund-raising pitches than theatrical release.
Top Critic
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
May 20, 2005
Meryl Streep narrates this global update on child-labor abuses with all the enthusiasm and alarm of someone reading 'The Pet Goat' to a classroom of second-graders.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
May 20, 2005
It remains for a tougher documentary to more forcefully trace exactly who benefits from this shameful practice -- multinational corporations and consumers who don't ask enough questions.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Dana Stevens
New York Times
May 19, 2005
This earnest, unsentimental documentary describes the lot of the 246 million children for whom, as the narrator Meryl Streep says in the prologue, 'life is nothing but work.'
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
May 19, 2005
Makes the point that we are all one family and the degradation and slavery of one child working in horrible conditions diminishes us all.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Gene Seymour
Newsday
May 19, 2005
When a movie like Stolen Childhoods feels it has to almost beat you senseless by proclaiming 'Children are our future' or similar platitudes, you wonder how and why such shouting became necessary.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
May 18, 2005
More of an educational lecture than a documentary film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Akiva Gottlieb
Village Voice
May 17, 2005
As cinema, this is standard, on-the-nose PBS fluff, but it's the grade school principal's perfect guilt inducement tool for slackers who arrive late to class.
Chelsea Bain
Boston Herald
October 21, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Page 1 of 1