Stolen Childhoods
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Meryl Streep narrates this documentary which examines the facts behind the worldwide scandal of child labor. It is estimated that 246 million children work full-time jobs, most logging long hours for meager pay in nations where poverty forces parents to put their youngsters to work. Adding to this tragedy are the dangerous jobs and frequently inhumane working conditions, which children are far less likely to protest than adults. Using footage shot in eight different countries, Stolen Childhoods documents the ongoing crisis in child labor, as well as presenting strategies to improve the… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 58%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Well meaning but less than riveting in its execution, this documentary is far better suited for public television exposure than theatrical release."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"Stolen Childhoods is a serious work of analysis, rooting the resistance to reform in Third World government corruption and Western profiteering."
‑ Ella Taylor, L.A. Weekly
"The result is an infomercial rather than a film."
‑ Maria Garcia, Film Journal International
"A blunt but effective guilt trip..., more a political statement than a personal one."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"Makes the point that we are all one family and the degradation and slavery of one child working in horrible conditions diminishes us all."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"A dispiriting public service announcement."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"In its reliance on emotionally loaded voiceover and its disconcertingly direct appeals for support, Len Morris' old-fashioned docu seems more designed for fund-raising pitches than theatrical release."
‑ Ronnie Scheib, Variety
"A gripping indictment of the effective enslavement of children all over the world."
‑ Tim Cogshell, Boxoffice Magazine
"At times, Stolen feels more like a fundraising tool than a theatrical release, but it's still an effective call to action, emphasizing the need for social responsibility by consumers, lawmakers and corporations."
‑ , E! Online
"More of an educational lecture than a documentary film."
‑ Nick Schager, Slant Magazine
"Narrated by Meryl Streep, the film thoughtfully lays out the facts while highlighting various programs that aim to eliminate economic incentives to exploit children, and to return them to their families, enabling them to go to school."
‑ Kevin Crust, Los Angeles Times
"Meryl Streep narrates this global update on child-labor abuses with all the enthusiasm and alarm of someone reading 'The Pet Goat' to a classroom of second-graders."
‑ Jack Mathews, New York Daily News
"Morris continually drives home the same point, about the inhumanity and cruelty of child labor. Needless to say, it gets redundant and starts feeling wearying and monotonous."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"...as utilitarian a piece of filmmaking as can be imagined"
‑ Andy Klein, Los Angeles CityBeat
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