Stolen Childhoods
Stolen Childhoods (2005)

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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: December 31, 2005
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

Well meaning but less than riveting in its execution, this documentary is far better suited for public television exposure than theatrical release.

Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly

Stolen Childhoods is a serious work of analysis, rooting the resistance to reform in Third World government corruption and Western profiteering.

Maria Garcia
Film Journal International

The result is an infomercial rather than a film.

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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

A dispiriting public service announcement.

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Ronnie Scheib

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.

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Tim Cogshell
Boxoffice Magazine

A gripping indictment of the effective enslavement of children all over the world.

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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News

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.

Jeff Vice
Deseret News (Salt Lake City)

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.

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