Children Underground It's difficult to recommend a film about troubled children -- here, hardcore Romanian street kids -- that lacks even a glimmer of hope. However, grim… Children Underground It's difficult to recommend a film about troubled children -- here, hardcore Romanian street kids -- that lacks even a glimmer of hope. However, grim…
Video Review

CHILDREN UNDERGROUND (2003)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Feb 25, 2003; Genre: Documentary

It's difficult to recommend a film about troubled children -- here, hardcore Romanian street kids -- that lacks even a glimmer of hope. However, grim as the Oscar-nominated Underground can be, with its shots of zoned-out preteen paint huffers, heartless brutality, and frustratingly helpless social workers, the doc's very unsentimentality is its greatest strength. A happy ending would let the viewer off the hook; as it stands, the filmall but demands action.

Originally posted Feb 28, 2003 Published in issue #698 Feb 28, 2003 Order article reprints