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Director Spike Lee made his first feature-length documentary with this powerful story of the bombing of an African-American church in Birmingham, AL, in 1963, which took the lives of four girls, ages 11 through 14. The shocking incident received national press attention and became a rallying point in the ongoing struggle for civil rights, but while Lee's film examines the crime, the perpetrators, and the long struggle to bring them to justice, it also offers a close look at the four girls themselves as their friends and families recall, in moving detail, who they were and how they lived. A… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"There isn't an ounce of flab or hype, and the story it tells is profoundly affecting."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"A thoughtful, graceful, quietly devastating account."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Spike Lee has launched another perfectly timed counteroffensive: a calmly wrenching mix of oral history and period newsreels."
‑ Rob Nelson, City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
"Lee's filmmaking ... has the beauty of simplicity and the shadings of compassion."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"Immensely gripping in its outrage and poignancy. Nobody knows how to bring the disdain of racial to the forefront like the skilled Spike Lee"
‑ Frank Ochieng, TheWorldJournal.com
"A compelling, straightforward account of a deeply sorrowful and pivotal event in the civil rights movement."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"There is mostly sadness and regret at the surface in 4 Little Girls, but there is anger in the depths, as there should be."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"It's presented with Lee's usual intelligence and clarity as he skilfully mixes politics with moving reminders of the lives it affects."
‑ , Film4
"Spike Lee's Oscar-nominated documentary, about one of the defining moments of the civil rights movement, balances personal and painful memories of many witnesses with a poignantly political expose of the event, the murder of four innocent girls."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"a clear example that film auteurs can handle a variety of genres when inspired"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"The big part of Lee's film commemorates the lives of the '4 little girls' who died, through the memories of parents, siblings and friends."
‑ , Time Out
"4 Little Girls brilliantly captures a moment in American history and tells an achingly painful story of injustice and family loss."
‑ Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle
"Time and tragedy may have flattened the four girls into remote paragons of youthful virtue, but the viciousness of anti-integrationist rhetoric is palpable and should never be forgotten."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Some of the credit for the two convictions may well be due to Spike Lee's memorable 1997 documentary...which brought new attention to the case."
‑ Chris Pepus, culturevulture.net
"A powerful tale of tragic loss turned into positive action."
‑ Scott Renshaw, rec.arts.movies.reviews
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