"It's a cultural travesty that the women of early jazz...have become a neglected footnote in music history, but Judy Chaikin's well-researched, buoyantly entertaining documentary portrait could be the corrective."
"The Girls in the Band" is by no means dry or academic; it's joyous and packed with great music, much of which is not as familiar as it should be, since the fact that these female bands and performers never got their due is the point."
"...Offers the perfect blend of sometimes grainy, sometimes vivid archival footage and thoughtful interviews with both the surviving pioneers of the early years and those who have carried the baton in each subsequent generation."
"Absorbing and eye-opening...offers a panoply of frank and funny interviews with the still living, and is packed with vintage film clips of the departed, who now, because of this movie, are no longer forgotten."
"It's certainly very refreshing to see such topics explored in such an accessible, non-self-righteous way. Even documentaries such as 20 Feet From Stardom, which place women of color at the center of their narratives, have the tendency to completely ignore issues of race and gender."
"Alternately touching and humorous....A theme running through most of Chaikin’s work is “righting a wrong,” and she spent eight years making this film so that the stories and the art of these musicians would not disappear."