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I Am Eleven (2014)

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60

Average Rating: 8/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 2

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Average Rating: 4.1/5
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Australian filmmaker Genevieve Bailey travelled the world for six years talking with 11-year-olds to compose this insightful, funny and moving documentary portrait of childhood. From an orphanage in India, to a single-parent household in inner-city Melbourne, to bathing with elephants in Thailand, I AM ELEVEN explores the lives and thoughts of children from 15 countries. I AM ELEVEN weaves together deeply personal and at times hilarious portraits of what it means to sit at this transitional age.

Unrated,

Documentary

Genevieve Bailey

$5.8k

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The project could easily have seemed like a smarmy Nickelodeon special or some variant of "Kids Say the Darndest Things," but Ms. Bailey's willingness to let the children talk and to let the viewer impose broader meaning elevates it.

September 11, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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The feature-length film ultimately becomes repetitive, with the lack of contextual information about the subjects' lives rendering the proceedings shallow.

September 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
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Bailey resists sentimentality. She also revisits some children when they get older, which gives her film an echo of Michael Apted's "7 Up" series. This one, though, is stunning in its own right.

September 11, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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Heaped together into a feature, these brief introductions prove frustrating, unrevealing of any greater truth, and weighed down by the soundtrack's jaunty ukuleles ...

September 9, 2014 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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Docu's only slight blemish is some repetitive testimony. Tech aspects are fine.

January 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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Charming, thought-provoking global docu about childhood.

September 15, 2014 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

The film is pleasant enough as a facile anthropological exercise, though it reveals little insight.

September 13, 2014 Full Review Source: Movie Mezzanine
Movie Mezzanine

Pearls of wisdom from the mouths of babes uttered with such heartfelt conviction that you want to believe them, even when you're a little skeptical.

September 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Baret News
Baret News

An entertaining and appealing documentary about the hopes, dreams, and fears of eleven year olds around the world.

September 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

...'Eleven' is not novel; Bailey's work is simply and certainly the energetic, optimistic film she set out to make.

September 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Pretty and ambitious, but scattered and inconsequential.

September 8, 2014 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Racism, poverty, bullying, and traditional culture rear their ugly heads in some of the lives, but its important to note that Bailey's mission statement seems to be, most of all, to highlight the positive.

October 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Onya Magazine
Onya Magazine

Bailey has created something on par with the Up series.

January 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Autopsy
Cinema Autopsy

I Am Eleven is part "Kids Say the Darndest Things," part sociology lesson and all smiles.

January 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cleveland Plain Dealer

More than a dozen 11 year olds make up the cast of this simple and sincere doco put together by young Melbourne journalist Genevieve Bailey during a world trip

July 14, 2012 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Beautifully made, insightful, unusual documentary about growing up...the constant snap shots of contrast keep the heart of this celebratory film beating.

July 3, 2012 Full Review Source: 3AW

Superb Australian doco views the world through innocent eyes.

June 20, 2012 Full Review Source: sbs.com.au
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