Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It

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, 99% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • An affecting profile of screen legend Rita Moreno, Just a Girl is at once a sharp critique of the industry's crushing inequities and a beautiful homage to an artist who never backed down despite the odds.
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    Josh KupeckiAustin Chronicle
    The film, anchored by interviews with Moreno and her co-stars and contemporaries, positions Moreno as a trailblazer, a barrier-breaker, and a role model, but more interestingly, it ultimately tracks a journey of self discovery.
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    Danielle ScruggsRogerEbert.com
    A fascinating and at times sobering look at [Moreno's] romances, and her personal struggles with self-esteem and self-worth, as well as the racism, misogyny, and sexual abuse she endured throughout her seven-decade career.
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    Brian LowryCNN.com
    Like everything else she's done, Rita Moreno is an exceptional storyteller, turning Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It into a dazzling look at the much-adorned star's career.
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    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal
    If there's an award for straight-to-the-camera performance, Ms. Moreno's appearance here should win it by acclamation.
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    Michael O'SullivanWashington Post
    A funny, occasionally foul-mouthed and almost startlingly frank portrait...
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    Moira MacDonaldSeattle Times
    Moreno, now in her late 80s, thoughtfully walks us through a life that encompassed both enormous success and constant struggle.
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    Kevin CarrFat Guys at the Movies
    This is a nice look at her life... This is a very basic retrospective of her career.
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    Jeff YorkThe Establishing Shot
    It's a hoot and a holler, but it's also one woman's cautionary tale about the sexism and racism that curdles through Tinsel Town.
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    Jeffrey M. AndersonCombustible Celluloid
    One of the best showbiz documentaries I've seen.
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    Avi OfferNYC Movie Guru
    Powerful, heartfelt and illuminating. One of the best documentaries of the year.
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