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Based on 32 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 100
    Carla Meyer San Francisco Chronicle

    Compelling. show more

  • 75
    Mike Clark USA Today

    As inspiring as the story wants to be, its real drama is mired around the edges, where we get a sense of what it is really like to be born into a brothel. show more

  • 80
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Why, then, should we be eager to see a story of such incomplete inspiration? Because it's thrilling, and stirring. And because it is truth. show more

  • 88
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    It shows how the energy, and innocence, of children can be found - and fostered - in even the bleakest spots on earth. show more

  • 63
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    Touching and saddening. show more

  • 80
    The Hollywood Reporter

    This is a work of art so deep and resonant that it puts most narrative films to shame. show more

  • 100
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    This is the kind of film that reminds you of what movies, at their best, are capable of. show more

  • 100
    Michael Sragow Baltimore Sun

    The title captures this film's harrowing qualities, but not its energy, its limpid beauty or its spiritual grace. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The movie is a record by well-meaning people who try to make a difference for the better, and succeed to a small degree while all around them the horror continues unaffected. show more

  • 88
    Lawrence Toppman Charlotte Observer

    But as cynical as I may have been going in, I came out a believer. show more

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