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The Revolutionary Optimists Reviews

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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
April 18, 2013
A vital snapshot of developing world struggles and possibilities.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media
April 9, 2013
Indian slum kids stand up for themselves in poignant docu.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
April 5, 2013
Most people could learn a lot from these little activists.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
April 1, 2013
This is the balance the film manages, celebrating the efforts at Prayasam and the successes, while never losing sight of the crises that define daily life for the kids growing up in the Kolkata slums.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
March 29, 2013
Equally suspenseful, moving and inspirational.
Full Review | Original Score: 9.1/10
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Nicolas Rapold
New York Times
March 28, 2013
As heartening as it is to see a slum child tutored about vicious cycles of adversity and using the buzzword "partnership" with aplomb, the film comes to feel cut and dried.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
March 28, 2013
It's a tribute to the power of optimism - and to an inspiring man who's changing the world, one child at a time.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Maria Garcia
Film Journal International
March 28, 2013
Among that rare group of documentaries about child poverty that does not advocate for anything except hope.
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Jenna Scherer
Time Out
March 26, 2013
It's truly something to see these children come into their own, and to bear witness to the undeniable sea change Ganguly has set in motion.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Drew Hunt
Slant Magazine
March 25, 2013
The filmmakers display a genuine reverence for their subjects, evident even in the intimate but never intrusive photography.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michelle Orange
Village Voice
March 12, 2013
Change may be elusive, Optimists confirms, but the will to make it blazes.
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New York Times
May 2, 2013
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