• G, 1 hr. 46 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:    Yimou Zhang
  • In Theaters:    Feb 18, 2000 Wide
  • On DVD:    Aug 22, 2000
  • Sony Classics

Not One Less (Yi ge dou bu neng shao) Reviews

Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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September 7, 2011

Full Review | Original Score: B-
Deborah Young
Variety
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June 17, 2008

Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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April 27, 2007


Time Out
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January 26, 2006


Houston Chronicle
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July 21, 2005

Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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August 15, 2002

Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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March 22, 2002

This thematic 'lesson' is served up with non-didactic grace complemented by tiny bursts of humour.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

Entertainment Weekly
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February 18, 2000

Full Review | Original Score: B-
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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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
Leslie Camhi
Village Voice
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January 1, 2000

With Not One Less, Zhang Yimou has fashioned what feels like an uncannily accurate portrait of a culture where Communist ideology has vanished like a brief dream, as traditional community values clash with the burgeoning cult of money.

A.O. Scott
New York Times
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January 1, 2000

Despite its deliberate austerity, Not One Less is extraordinarily rich.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
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January 1, 2000

The Chinese director Zhang Yimou has a rare gift for dramatizing highly theatrical stories in highly naturalistic settings.

Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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January 1, 2000

Small movie, big impact.

Full Review | Original Score: A-
Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle
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January 1, 2000

It's an excellent movie for kids, because it is about how amazing children can be.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
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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.