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  • 80
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Director Jillian Schlesinger’s documentary does a terrific job countering everyone’s assumptions. Maidentrip is a clear-eyed chronicle of Dekker’s record-breaking voyage. Think “All Is Lost,” but real, and with a teenage girl instead of Robert Redford (plus a very different ending). show more

  • 70
    Sheri Linden The Hollywood Reporter

    Jillian Schlesinger’s first feature, made in collaboration with Dekker and composed largely of footage that the hardy adventurer shot herself, is both low-key and lyrical as it focuses on the mundane and the magnificent. show more

  • 87
    David Ehrlich

    An instantly and enduringly compelling documentary. show more

  • 75
    Sara Stewart New York Post

    What the film lacks in plot twists it makes up for in sheer amazement. show more

  • 75
    Kenji Fujishima Slant Magazine

    A coming-of-age journey of self-realization, made immensely more involving by virtue of being seen through its subject's first-person perspective. show more

  • 75
    Susan Wloszczyna

    Some have compared Maidentrip to a young female version of Robert Redford's "All Is Lost". But in Dekker's case, all seems to be found. show more

  • 80
    Keith Uhlich Time Out New York

    The real beauty of Maidentrip is how it downplays the go-for-glory aspect of the tale (this adolescent mariner’s aim is to become the youngest person ever to sail around the world) to focus on more earthly matters like the isolation and loneliness of the voyage or the lingering effects of the divorce that irrevocably shaped Dekker’s life. show more

  • 70
    Scott Tobias The Dissolve

    Dekker knows who she is, what she wants to do, and how to get it done, and Maidentrip wisely sails off the tailwinds of her confidence and boundless curiosity. show more

  • 83
    Katie Walsh The Playlist

    Maidentrip ends up being not necessarily about the amazing feat that Dekker accomplished, it’s about finding one’s true self, and enjoying the ride along the way. show more

  • 67
    Chris Nashawaty Entertainment Weekly

    After 519 days at sea, Dekker finally achieves her goal...and decides to keep sailing, only this time with a hunky boy as her mate. If I were her parents, I wouldn't have signed off on that, either. show more

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