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The Girl Who Escaped: The Kara Robinson Story

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Teen abduction drama highlights strength and survival.

TV Lifetime Drama 2023
The Girl Who Escaped poster: Katie Douglas looks left with someone's finger over her lips.

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The dramatic TV movie offers a stylized yet fact-based interpretation of what happened to Kara Robinson, and how she survived 18 terrifying hours of a brutal abduction. Most of what's presented is contextualized within a narrative underscoring Robinson's mental strength, which gave her the ability to withstand what was happening to her while strategically finding ways to stay alive and escape. In doing so, despite a fair amount of violence, the movie manages to stop short of being too graphic. Granted, The Girl Who Escaped: The Kara Robinson Story would benefit from more focus on Robinson's recovery process and success to make it as informative as it is sensational. But it still delivers an empowering message about how it's possible to endure a horrible ordeal and find healing after it's over.

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