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Metascore

Based on 32 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
100
Compelling.
100
This is the kind of film that reminds you of what movies, at their best, are capable of.
100
The title captures this film's harrowing qualities, but not its energy, its limpid beauty or its spiritual grace.
88
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.
88
Philadelphia Inquirer
It shows how the energy, and innocence, of children can be found - and fostered - in even the bleakest spots on earth.
88
Charlotte Observer
But as cynical as I may have been going in, I came out a believer.
80
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.
80
The Hollywood Reporter
This is a work of art so deep and resonant that it puts most narrative films to shame.
75
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.
63
New York Daily News
Touching and saddening.
50
Entertainment Weekly
Designed to be "inspirational," yet it shortchanges the complex reality of the lives it makes such a show of saving.

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