"This epic documentary is destined to become one of the touchstones of American nonfiction cinema."
- New York Film Festival
" A masterpiece."
- Sean Farnel, Toronto International Film Festival
"Best Documentary of 2002."
- Laura Sinagra, Village Voice
"Jennifer Dworkin's epic 2 1/2 hour docu explodes the right-wing cliché
of the 'welfare queen' - the black woman with a lot of kids and a crack
habit - not by avoiding the stereotype but by fleshing it out, settling the
viewer into an unmediated intimacy with her subject... tremendous
emotional force and uncompromising honesty. "
"Dworkin brilliantly uses the form to involve the viewer in a warts-and-all complexity that confounds facile judgment, while creating the frustrating slowness of a system of social services that often nurtures the very ills it attempts to cure."
- Ronnie Scheib, Variety
" Jennifer Dworkin's compelling documentary immerses you so intensely in the problems of the Hazzards, a troubled New York family living on public assistance, that by the end of its two and a half hours you feel almost like a member of the household... What lifts the movie above many other high-minded documentaries dealing with poverty and the welfare cycle is the filmmaker's astounding empathy for both Diane and Love."
- Stephen Holden, New York Times
"The strongest American film at the [New York Film] Festival and the best documentary I've seen in years. It's a major discovery... 'Love & Diane' is sheer exhilaration, a movie of awesome emotional power and devastating social relevance... a richly humanizing experience. It is vital, necessary film that deserves the widest possible audience."
- Nathan Lee, The NY Sun
"[An] extraordinary documentary... impressionistic, poetic...
- Stuart Klawans, The Nation
"A compelling film about hope and recovery."
- Merle Bertrand, Film Threat
"This film is pure storytelling. At times Love & Diane are so dramatically riveting one forgets that it is a documentary...Jennifer Dworkin therefore then has accomplished a rare project of creative genius"
- Mike Lee, Tribes