By Alice King
February 28, 2003 at 05:00 AM EST

Children Underground

B+

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.

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