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Children Of Invention (2008)



Average Rating: 6.2/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 2

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One of Filmmaker Magazine's "25 New Faces of Independent Film," writer-director Tze Chun makes his feature film debut with one of the most-awarded and best-reviewed films of the year. CHILDREN OF INVENTION is by turns humorous and heartbreaking, an "edge-of-your-seat family drama" (Spout) that's both "powerfully moving and rigorously intelligent."(Boston Phoenix).After being evicted, hardworking single mom Elaine Cheng (Cindy Cheung, Lady in the Water) tries to maintain a normal life for her



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An independent film that's all about forced independence.

April 23, 2010 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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Shows enormous love and respect for those clutching at the short end of the American Dream.

April 1, 2010 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Chen and Chiu's genuine, rarely cloying performances along with Cheung's urgent sincerity add immeasurably to this timely film's many modest pleasures.

March 12, 2010 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Restraint proves a virtue of -- and a shrewd if necessary choice for -- Children of Invention, a modestly scaled, quietly effective independent movie about a struggling single mother and her two children.

March 12, 2010
New York Times
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Performances are realistic and unpretentious, and the backbone of this observant movie by a director-writer with a promising future.

March 12, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Post
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Heartfelt but dramatically tepid tale of two kids who must fend for themselves after their single mom goes missing.

March 11, 2010
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It's a promising start for director Tze Chun, but despite the film's charms, the story doesn't get interesting enough early enough.

June 11, 2010 Full Review Source: Times-Picayune

Preserving a sense of hope for today's children, there is too much in this film that is too hard to believe.

March 19, 2010 Full Review Source: Monsters and Critics
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keeps the danger and sadness at bay, instead giving us two fairly developed kid characters

March 18, 2010 Full Review Source:

Children of Invention's derives its beauty from its casually obsessed dwelling on the minutia of dreaming when you're down and out.

March 8, 2010 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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Heartfelt but dramatically tepid tale of two kids who must fend for themselves after their single mom goes missing.

February 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

A more than welcome addition, in a film world where mothers more often than not, get a bad rap for everything that ails US society when it comes to shortchanging children.

February 19, 2010 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

Audience Reviews for Children Of Invention

I've said it before, and I'll say it again...I am a sucker for movies revolving around children. This one is no exception. I enjoyed this movie, mostly because of Crystal Chiu. What an adorable little girl! She has such an expressive face, and did an outstanding job in this film. The whole movie was interesting, and the ending was appropriate, I thought. Nice little movie.
January 4, 2011

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I liked this a lot - the kids were adorable and very believable and you could really feel the mother's struggle. Definitely worth watching.
December 30, 2010

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