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Jillian Schlesinger

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About the Movie

This riveting documentary chronicles the life and adventures of 14-year-old Laura Dekker, who set out on a two-year voyage in pursuit of her dream to be the youngest person ever to sail around the world alone. In the wake of a year-long battle with Dutch authorities that sparked a global storm of media scrutiny, Laura found herself far from land and family, with unwanted attention, exploring the world in search of freedom, adventure, and distant dreams of her early youth at sea. “Maidentrip” amplifies Laura’s brave, defiant voice through a mix of Laura's own video and recordings at sea and intimate vérité footage from locations including the Galapagos Islands, French Polynesia, Australia, and South Africa.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 22
  • Fresh: 18
  • Rotten: 4
  • Average Rating: 7.6/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Before our eyes, Laura's lengthening limbs and deepening introspection become the point of a movie that begins with a child and ends with a young woman. – Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, Jan 16, 2014

Rotten: Maidentrip is full of sunsets and dolphins but short on introspection and drama. – Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly, Jan 22, 2014

Fresh: "Maidenstrip" is a clear-eyed chronicle of Dekker's record-breaking voyage. Think "All Is Lost," but real, and with a teenage girl instead of Robert Redford (plus a very different ending). – Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News, Jan 16, 2014

Fresh: What the film lacks in plot twists it makes up for in sheer amazement, such as one scene in which Dekker, in green night-vision, sways to Kool & the Gang's "Celebration" while closing in on the equator in her 40-foot vessel, Guppy. – Sara Stewart, New York Post, Jan 16, 2014

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Customer Reviews



Amazing journey

I was really impressed with this young girls passionate desire to be the first to sail around the world at 16 ! The details of her trip are expertly edited in in the form of watercolors of the path around the world, which I found just right . The only thing missing for me , was a sense of the huge overall amount of time and the numbing aspect of so much time at sea which she must have certainly encountered. Not philosophical ,just the brazen perseverance of youth which was still very much enjoyed by me.

An incredible accomplishment.

We live in a time when we do not let young people make decisions for them selves. We live in a time where there is no right of passage for todays youth. This young girl wanted to do something amazing ,she made a plan and accomplished her goal. It was dangerous but also spectacular. She is truely a one of a kind person , who will certainly lead a big life.

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