A richly directed and historically credible film that -- with its sense of time and place -- ends up functioning as fascinating and poignant temporal travelogue.
| Original Score: 3/5
This brilliant coming-of-age story should demonstrate that Americans should be hacking Chinese computers to steal intellectual property and not the other way around--especially Hollywood.
Graceful, tender and poignant with a very believable, organic character arc. It's more than your average coming-of-age story.
| Original Score: 8.55/10
A compelling Chinese coming-of-age drama about a young boy's initiation into the adult world of violence and mystery.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
The movie lingers in the mind, largely because director Wang Xiaoshuai's theme is poignant and classic: The more a child perceives of what the adults around him are doing, the more childhood slips away.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Poised on the brink of sexual awareness and the waning of the Cultural Revolution, an 11-year-old boy struggles to interpret the signals from his changing body and an increasingly confusing world.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Wang Xiaoshuai's gently engrossing coming-of-age tale isn't strikingly unique, but it does possess the heartfelt confidence that comes from autobiographical influence - and natural talent.
Mildly resonant, if not revelatory.
An absorbing coming-of-age drama set during the waning stage of China's Cultural Revolution, 11 Flowers takes its place among Wang Xiaoshuai's finest films.
Because of its choice in subjectivity, and despite the film's historical context, 11 Flowers firmly elevates the experience of the personal over the political.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Carefully framed, as though not to break the spell, Wang Xiaoshuai's young actors wander about familiar streets, unaware of the great wind of history.
More sensitive than disaffected, too gentle to resonate more than mildly.