Girls Rock!
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Via their documentary Girls Rock!, co-directors Arne Johnson and Shane King transport viewers to a most unusual summer destination: Rock 'n' Roll Camp, where young women from ages 8 to 18 each spend one week learning to choose a band, play a rock instrument, and write a song. The central lesson behind the week's activities involves a complete liberation from social conformity and from traditionally accepted behavioral rules and gender stereotyping. More significantly, such real-life rock legends as Sleater-Kinney and Carrie Brownstein participate in the camp, encouraging the young… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 68%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"How are girls supposed to behave in a culture that tells them they're Disney princesses for the first 12 years and sex toys after that? Girls Rock! has one answer: Strap on a Fender and rage against the machine."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"It's goooood."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"comes off a bit like an extended advertisement for the place"
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"There is a slightly patronizing flavor to portions of this mostly enjoyable film. But the interview subjects are very likable and charismatic, which certainly helps."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"'Why don't you start your own band? That's a lot cooler than having a boyfriend in a band!' So says 15-year-old Laura, who makes a better pitch for the 'empowerment' aspects of the Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls than do the adult counselors..."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"There's too little clarity or thoroughness in the biographies, too few prolonged scenes of the girls creating their songs."
‑ Sid Smith, Chicago Tribune
"Young women find expression for more than their music in Girls Rock!, a jubilant documentary about a place where power chords and empowerment go hand in hand."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"The filmmakers end up rushing us through these girls' stories, achieving a vague sense of female angst but ultimately barely skimming the surface."
‑ David Cornelius, DVDTalk.com
"Girls rock, flat documentaries do not."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"Never seeks to be anything more than a simplistic look at young women not just learning how to create music, but how to take hold of their talents and use it to their advantage..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Film Threat
"There's so much joy and coming-of-age angst turned into nuggets of gold that it seems uncharitable to ask, what might be missing (more onscreen appreciation for rock's goddesses and gods, perhaps.)"
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"Girls Rock! happily pulls off the trick of being both entertaining and moving; grown-up girls may well watch with an occasional tear as we see the campers subtly transform."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"It's a great program and a great subject, but Girl's Rock! directors Shane King and Arne Johnson don't quite know what to do with it."
‑ Loey Lockerby, Kansas City Star
"Girls Rock! is scrappy, but at its best, it shows you humans blooming with the speed of flowers in time-lapse photography."
‑ Michael Sragow, Baltimore Sun
"Music -- as a general concept and in the daily details of rock camp -- occasions this ideal state, connected and creative."
‑ Cynthia Fuchs, PopMatters
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