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A thoughtful rumination on beauty standards and feminism, Tiny Shoulders goes beyond plastic observations to create an even-handed examination of Barbie's role in the broader culture. Read critic reviews

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Critic Reviews for Tiny Shoulders, Rethinking Barbie

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (13) | Rotten (3)

  • But the most fascinating aspect of the movie is how it uses Barbie as a metaphor for a culture that's still infinitely more preoccupied with what a woman looks like than what she says.

    May 1, 2018 | Full Review…
  • There's some lovely filmmaking-an opening sequence in which a handmade Barbie moves from stage to stage, from hair-weaving to lip-painting, is gorgeous.

    April 27, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Nevins does quick work of making her audience care about the earning potential of a multi-million dollar business by honing in on some other remarkable women.

    April 27, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • "Tiny Shoulders" captures, per its title, the immense burden Barbie has had to bear as the nexus for all sorts of prickly debates - about body-shaming, stereotyping and workplace/domestic roles - that, to this day, have yet to be fully resolved.

    April 27, 2018 | Full Review…
  • By two-thirds in, Tiny Shoulders starts to feel like a publicity exercise for the brand - an attempt to humanize the company by showing us the real women behind all that plastic.

    April 26, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Tiny Shoulders: Rethinking Barbie tackles many aspects of this often controversial figure and her complicated history with feminism.

    April 25, 2018 | Full Review…

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