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Girls Rock! Review

  • Release Date: Mar 07, 2008
  • Rated: thematic elements and language
  • Runtime: 1 hr. 30 min.
  • Genres: Art House/Foreign, Documentary
  • Director:Shane King, Arne Johnson Critics


Dave White Profile

… a 90-minute commercial … Read full review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
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    critic review scores.

  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune

    Girls do rock, and the final concert is both wild and cathartic. Too bad we haven’t learned more about these rockers along the way.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The New York Times Jeannette Catsoulis

    A jubilant documentary about a place where power chords and empowerment go hand in hand.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 8+

Girl-power docu has a strong positive message.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this empowering documentary, while not perfect, has a strong positive message about building young girls' confidence. The girls at the center of the action are shown trying to shed their feelings of disenfranchisement, and all of the adults who surround them -- particularly the women -- do their best to support them. There's little iffy language ("idiot" is about as strong as it gets) and no sexual content, drinking, or drug use. That said, the girls do talk frankly about their sad and/or dark feelings at times.

  • Families can talk about the campers' awkwardness and confusion. What does the camp -- and, by extension, music -- do for them? What about music allows the girls freedom of expression? Do any of them change for the better for having participated? If so, how? Can you think of other ways in which media can help kids (or people in general) feel better about themselves?

The good stuff
  • message true3

    Messages: Everyone, from the female rock stars who teach or have cameos to the campers themselves, supports a girl-power mission.

What to watch for
  • violence false0

    Violence and scariness: Lots of rebel yells, but no actual fights. Head-banging music is played loudly, with some lyrics alluding to aggression. Frank discussion of sad and dark feelings.

  • sex false0

    Sexy stuff: Some scenes show cut-up Britney Spears figures that are scantily clad.

  • language false0

    Language: Pretty clean, though the girls do use words like "pissed" and "idiot."

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Shots of girls reading Seventeen magazine; mentions of MTV; brand names of musical instruments are clearly visible.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not applicable