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Stolen Childhoods Reviews

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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.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
June 24, 2005
A dispiriting public service announcement.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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
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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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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.