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100
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]
100
There is mostly sadness and regret at the surface in 4 Little Girls, but there is anger in the depths, as there should be.
100
4 Little Girls brilliantly captures a moment in American history and tells an achingly painful story of injustice and family loss.
100
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]
100
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.
90
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.
88
ReelViews
It is Lee's job as a film maker to imbue these images with life, and that's a task he easily accomplishes.
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.
75
Lee occasionally stumbles as a documentarian... But the material is so profoundly moving that it hardly matters.
75
The movie is strongest when Lee keeps his eye on the prize: the experiences of ordinary people in an extraordinary time.

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