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On September 15, 1963, four happy, intelligent African American adolescent girls, Addie Mae Collins, Carol Denise McNair, Cynthia Wesley and Carole Rosamond Robertson, went to the basement of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama to attend Sunday school. In the middle of the lesson, a bomb blast rocked the church, killing the girls, and sending a shockwave through the black community that now is considered to have launched the Civil Rights movement of the '60s; it is a shock that continues to be felt today. Using a combination of archival photos and interviews with the… 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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