"...an important contribution to the national consciousness about adolescent girls because it breaks the all too common stereotypes."
"...Finitzo's restraint and compassion has made this one of the most powerful examinations of teenage life ever created...thorough, balanced, and insightful..."
"...a realistic, funny and refreshing glimpse into the lives of our future..."
"With Chicago as its backdrop, everything from first loves to poverty, from hairstyles to immigration come to the forefront in this tightly woven drama."
"It celebrates the girls' strength and ability to navigate such a confusing time of life."
"This ambitious documentary offers moving, detailed portraits of five young women."
"This solidly realized chronicle of a time in the lives of five girls succeeds because it illustrates how each deals with impending womanhood, despite differences in ethnic and economic backgrounds."
"...As filmmaker Maria Finitzo follows these five Chicago-area girls over a three year peroid, you'll come to like and respect them all. Bottom Line: The girls are all right."
"Director Maria Finitzo manages to serve up fully realized individual portraits while also distilling the essence of a young girl's inner life, returning to common themes of parental conflict, self discovery, alienation and sexual awakening...a vivid record of adolescent resilience, 5 Girls is highly recommended."
"If you find that Dawson's Creek lacks a certain grainy verite in its examination of teenage life, try 5 Girls..."
"This thoughtful documentary...does a splendid job of profiling five local teen girls as they wade through the choppy waters of adolescence."
"Finitzo elicits an amazing degree of candor from her subjects. 5 Girls offers a revealing portrait of a new girl. It’s one we've seen little of in mainstream media."