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Metascore

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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
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
The A.V. Club
An important act of historical preservation, a focused and effective film that brings back a dark, important moment in history with startling clarity.
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.
80
The New York Times
Mr. Lee, whose lean, straightforward documentary style loses none of his usual clarity and fire (the film has been exceptionally well shot by Ellen Kuras), summons a powerful sense of Birmingham's past and a galvanizing sense of how this bombing would change its future.
80
Chicago Reader
There isn't an ounce of flab or hype, and the story it tells is profoundly affecting.
80
L.A. Weekly
The film is artfully made, its occasional excesses of style moderated by the plain force of the content and the passion of the testimony.
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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