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Based on 14 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 100
    Edward Guthmann San Francisco Chronicle

    4 Little Girls brilliantly captures a moment in American history and tells an achingly painful story of injustice and family loss. show more

  • 100
    Mike Clark USA Today

    This subject demands consummate screen treatment and now has absolutely gotten it from director/producer Spike Lee. [10 Jul 1997, Pg.02.D] show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    There is mostly sadness and regret at the surface in 4 Little Girls, but there is anger in the depths, as there should be. show more

  • 88
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    It is Lee's job as a film maker to imbue these images with life, and that's a task he easily accomplishes. show more

  • 75
    San Francisco Examiner

    The movie is strongest when Lee keeps his eye on the prize: the experiences of ordinary people in an extraordinary time. show more

  • 75
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    Lee occasionally stumbles as a documentarian... But the material is so profoundly moving that it hardly matters. show more

  • 100
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    The film's approach is highly instructive, deeply moving, and geared to deploring the racism that breeds violence rather than reactivating old hatreds. show more

  • 83
    Entertainment Weekly

    Surprisingly, given Lee's penchant for experimentation, there's nothing remotely innovative about this sober, often intensely moving exploration of a community's lingering grief and outrage -- just the usual talking heads, stock footage, montages of stills, and such. show more

  • 100
    Kenneth Turan Los Angeles Times

    Director Spike Lee has made some of the most hard-edged and unsettling American films on racism and its effects. Yet none has been as moving as this. [24 Oct 1997, Pg.F2] show more

  • 90
    Todd McCarthy Variety

    Lee takes a conventional, talking-heads-and-archival-clips approach to the material, but rewardingly establishes an intimate connection with his subjects by devoting considerable time to the personalities and families of the four victims. show more

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