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Mongolian Ping Pong (Lu Cao di) (2006)


Average Rating: 7/10
Reviews Counted: 25
Fresh: 21 | Rotten: 4

Critics Consensus: Though the story is quite simple and the pace slow, the movie is a charming one, set against beautiful scenery.

Average Rating: 6.6/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 2

Critics Consensus: Though the story is quite simple and the pace slow, the movie is a charming one, set against beautiful scenery.


Average Rating: 3.6/5
User Ratings: 755



Movie Info

Bilike has never seen a ping-pong ball before. He and his family live without electricity and running water in a solitary tent home among the vast steppe grasslands. Life in the middle of nowhere can be exciting for a young boy. The smallest of details become big events for curious Bilike and his best friends Erguotou and Dawa. The mystery of the small white ball floating in the creek leads to questions about the world around them, as well as innocent mischief. Bilike's grandmother says the ball … More

Drama , Art House & International , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
Hao Ning
In Theaters:
Oct 24, 2006
First Run - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Mongolian Ping Pong (Lu Cao di)

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (10) | Fresh (21) | Rotten (4) | DVD (2)

A unique, charming coming-of-age film.

Full Review… | July 21, 2006
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Somehow, Hao never breaks the spell of enchantment over the proceedings. He doesn't find the characters quaint or amusing, he finds them real and human and confers the full dignity of existence upon them.

Full Review… | July 20, 2006
Washington Post
Top Critic

Wistful, humorous and majestically pictorial, Mongolian Ping Pong is an off-trail film full of offtbeat delights.

Full Review… | June 29, 2006
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

A candid and enviably uncluttered film.

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Episodic and meandering, with several tedious stretches.

Full Review… | May 26, 2006
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Although its leisurely pace might be a bit tough going for restless Westerners, Mongolian Ping Pong is the kind of film that should be seen by children, not just adults.

April 21, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

A quarter century after the release of The Gods Must Be Crazy, this charming variation on the theme relies on a similar scenario to examine the lost innocence of another naive primitive.

Full Review… | January 19, 2007
Upstage Magazine

Gorgeous coming of age tale featuring nonprofessional cast of Mongolian nomads.

Full Review… | November 11, 2006

Ping Pong intends to be a quiet meditation on the little things in life. It's also dreadfully dull.

Full Review… | October 19, 2006

Some judicious pruning could have turned this modestly entertaining, 101-minute film into a considerably better, 80- or 90-minute one.

Full Review… | September 15, 2006
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

An extremely beautiful film.

Full Review… | August 6, 2006
Entertainment Insiders

Mongolian Ping Pong takes you far, far away, and it's a beautiful place to be.

August 5, 2006

Less concerned with its plot, which is gossamer-thin and not terribly involving, than with describing the nature of the lives these inhabitants of the remote steppe lead.

Full Review… | August 1, 2006
Boxoffice Magazine

With wonderfully natural performances by the children, this is a family movie that crosses cultural boundaries in a celebration of the magical possibilities inherent in everyday objects.

Full Review… | July 20, 2006
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

If only puerile wish-fulfillment didn't so often feel like patronizing bullcrap onscreen.

Full Review… | June 22, 2006
Film Freak Central

Mongolian Ping Pong will likely get only limited art house exposure and this will be a shame.

Full Review… | June 11, 2006
Reeling Reviews

...nothing will prepare you for the sheer beauty of this flat, verdant landscape whose horizon seems to stretch out into infinity.

Full Review… | June 3, 2006
Reeling Reviews

Affecting feature from first-time director is an exercise in restraint.

Full Review… | May 19, 2006
Film Journal International

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