Not One Less Reviews

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Susan Tavernetti
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
| Original Score: 2.5/4
January 1, 2000
Not One Less, despite its many strengths, is more tiresome than moving.
| Original Score: 3/4
Annlee Ellingson
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
As charming as it is important, Not One Less has all the elements of a great drama: inspiring performances, the ability to make one laugh and cry and a subject matter worthy of further contemplation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
For Chinese viewers, this film will play as a human drama. For Western viewers, there's almost equal interest at the edges of the screen, in the background, in the locations and incidental details that show daily life in today's China.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kevin Lally
Film Journal International
September 9, 2002
A poignant story of poverty and spirit reminiscent of the great Italian neo-realists.
Eric D. Snider
February 14, 2001
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
January 1, 2000
This alternately sad-funny film sneaks up on you. Its ability to grab us is surprising because it does so little, because it's so spare -- so unadorned and unpretentious.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jeremiah Kipp
January 1, 2000
Though it never teeters into sentimentality, Not One Less inspires genuine tears and laughter.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 13, 2002
A stubborn girl shows her compassion and true grit in a situation where she must shoulder adult responsibilities.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 1, 2000
I especially found the performance of Wei Minzhi to be impactful.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
January 1, 2000
Despite its deliberate austerity, Not One Less is extraordinarily rich.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
January 1, 2000
Small movie, big impact.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Wesley Morris
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
Zhang has constructed another startling showcase for a woman under siege that stands nicely beside Ju Dou or Shanghai Triad.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
April 4, 2007
no one makes more beautiful films than Zhang Yimou. No one captures the intrinsic character of the Chinese people more indelibly as well
Full Review | Original Score: B
Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine
March 24, 2001
A masterpiece of simplicity.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Harvey S. Karten
January 1, 2000
In this touching road movie, the journey, not the destination, is the essence. The roads are rocky and rough and the excursion long and slow, but the trip is ever so worthwhile.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
A simple, slice of life tale set in modern-day China from director Yimou Zhang.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Brandon Judell
Critics Inc./America Online
July 3, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
January 1, 2000
Not One Less has the same documentary-type style, and goes a step further by filling the cast with people who have never acted before. This lends authenticity to the film, which benefits greatly from the natural-born charm of its performers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
January 1, 2000
This film may seem slow, and its concerns distant to many American viewers. But Not One Less is a movie whose humanity is irresistibly, even joyfully, accessible.
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
January 1, 2000
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
June 20, 2002
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Urban Cinefile
January 1, 2000
Mark Freeman
Critical Eye
February 14, 2001
Philip Kemp
Sight and Sound
December 2, 2002
Stuart Klawans
The Nation
January 1, 2000
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
August 15, 2002
Louis Proyect
January 1, 2000
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
April 27, 2007
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June 17, 2008
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July 21, 2005
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January 26, 2006

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