4 Little Girls
4 Little Girls (1997)

Spike Lee's first documentary is a simultaneously wrenching and provocative account of the 1963 bombing of a Birmingham, AL church that left four African American teenage girls dead and led to the Civil Rights movement. Archival… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: July 9, 1997
DVD Release Date: January 8, 2002
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

There isn't an ounce of flab or hype, and the story it tells is profoundly affecting.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

A thoughtful, graceful, quietly devastating account.

Rob Nelson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul

Spike Lee has launched another perfectly timed counteroffensive: a calmly wrenching mix of oral history and period newsreels.

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Todd McCarthy

A compelling, straightforward account of a deeply sorrowful and pivotal event in the civil rights movement.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

There is mostly sadness and regret at the surface in 4 Little Girls, but there is anger in the depths, as there should be.

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It's presented with Lee's usual intelligence and clarity as he skilfully mixes politics with moving reminders of the lives it affects.

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Time Out

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.

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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle

4 Little Girls brilliantly captures a moment in American history and tells an achingly painful story of injustice and family loss.

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Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Chris Weber
This marked Spike Lee's first attempt at a feature length documentary, and the results do not disappoint. The subject matter, as you'd expect, is not… More
Ryan Rutherford
I am a fan of Spike Lee's work, so I quite looked forward to revisiting this insightful and touching documentary that I had not seen since high school.… More
Aj V
Brilliant Black director Spike Lee creates a compelling documentary on the lives of young Black people in the 50s. It's really good, if you like his work,… More
Lesley N
Absorbing and sad drama about the bombing of a Birmingham church during the 60's Civil Rights movement. Solidly made as you'd expect by Spike Lee, it… More
Bruce Bruce
An Outstanding Film. This is a selection of the 1997 Toronto International Film Festival, and I must say that its one of there best selections to Date. Spike… More
Erin Collins
I wasn't a huge fan of the music - it was a little distracting at times. However, the movie was very powerful.