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Based on 19 Reviews
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  • 75
    Edward Guthmann San Francisco Chronicle

    The film's loose, scaled-down technique never turns gimmicky...but enhances the tension and intimacy of Rosetta's struggle. show more

  • 88
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    An immensely uplifting movie whose final, unforgettable frames come as close as anything to answering the big questions about why we bother in a dog-eat-dog world. show more

  • 87
    Mr. Showbiz

    The final reel of Rosetta is like nothing else ever filmed, and it would be wrong to describe it. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The film has an odd subterranean power. It doesn't strive for our sympathy or make any effort to portray Rosetta as colorful, winning or sympathetic. show more

  • 88
    Jay Carr Boston Globe

    The bleakness of Rosetta will not be for all, but it's one of the best films of the year. show more

  • 75
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    Carries a strong emotional charge along with its valuable reminder of the suffering that youngsters may undergo when a heedless society overlooks their needs. show more

  • 75
    Jonathan Foreman New York Post

    Bleak, demanding stuff, and its hand-held documentary-style photography is harder on the stomach than "The Blair Witch Project." show more

  • 70
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    A psychologically acute profile of one teenaged girl obsessed with leading what she thinks of as normal life. show more

  • 100
    Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly

    Rosetta is a character of raw pride in a film of lingering power. show more

  • 83
    Paula Nechak Seattle Post-Intelligencer

    This devastating film is buoyed by Dequenne's bravura willingness to go all out; she's a baby-faced kid when the camera focuses full on and an exceptionally beautiful young woman in profile. show more

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