100

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Rosetta is a character of raw pride in a film of lingering power.
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88

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
An immensely uplifting movie whose final, unforgettable frames come as close as anything to answering the big questions about why we bother in a dog-eat-dog world.
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88

Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
The bleakness of Rosetta will not be for all, but it's one of the best films of the year.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The film has an odd subterranean power. It doesn't strive for our sympathy or make any effort to portray Rosetta as colorful, winning or sympathetic.
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87

Mr. Showbiz

The final reel of Rosetta is like nothing else ever filmed, and it would be wrong to describe it.
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83

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

By Paula Nechak
This devastating film is buoyed by Dequenne's bravura willingness to go all out; she's a baby-faced kid when the camera focuses full on and an exceptionally beautiful young woman in profile.
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75

New York Post

By Jonathan Foreman
Bleak, demanding stuff, and its hand-held documentary-style photography is harder on the stomach than "The Blair Witch Project."
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75

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Carries a strong emotional charge along with its valuable reminder of the suffering that youngsters may undergo when a heedless society overlooks their needs.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Edward Guthmann
The film's loose, scaled-down technique never turns gimmicky...but enhances the tension and intimacy of Rosetta's struggle.
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70

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
A psychologically acute profile of one teenaged girl obsessed with leading what she thinks of as normal life.
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76 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.