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Somewhere Between (2012)

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Average Rating: 6.9/10
Critic Reviews: 15
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In profiling Chinese adoptees in contemporary America, Linda Goldstein Knowlton's deeply moving documentary illustrates that even the most specific of experiences can be universally relatable. Of the roughly 80,000 girls who have been adopted from China since 1989-a decade after China implemented its One Child Policy-the film intimately follows four teenagers: Haley, Jenna, Ann, and Fang. These four wise-beyond-their-years, yet typical American teens, reveal a heartbreaking sense of

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All Critics (26) | Top Critics (16) | Fresh (22) | Rotten (3)

There's not much interpersonal drama here, and the little that materializes gets promptly resolved.

January 10, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Watching this movie, I feel the need to run to the mall or someplace, and find a Chinese baby to hug. Or, at least, I can hug my own daughters.

January 10, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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A very affecting piece.

November 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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Documentarian Linda Goldstein Knowlton follows four teenage adoptees as they sort through the sensitive cultural and personal issues that arise from their dual identities.

November 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
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In this poignant movie we meet four Chinese-born teenagers who are living with American parents from Berkeley to Boston.

November 1, 2012 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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These girls - and Ruby - have traveled far, on a journey not yet finished; you sense, though, that they know their way home.

October 18, 2012 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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An enlightening documentary about four girls adopted in China by American parents who as teenagers are struggling with their identity and whether to learn more about their birth families.

July 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

A deeply moving film that raises profound questions about the merits of international adoption.

May 26, 2013 Full Review Source: The Patriot Ledger
The Patriot Ledger

Adoption docu is heartwarming and emotional.

March 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

The film shows the girls as reassuringly normal, which is good for their psyches but not particularly exciting to movie audiences.

December 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

It finally boils down to people who care about other people, and it's enough to restore your faith in humanity.

September 20, 2012 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

Intimate and compelling. All four of the teens' stories and experiences featured are enlightening.

September 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Dearest
Movie Dearest

Exceptionally well-made and emotionally riveting documentary...A celebration of the very best in human nature and a trove of delightful, thrilling and even suspenseful moments.

August 24, 2012 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Chinese girls in white American households navigate adolescence. . .in middle-class families [not] in diverse, urban settings to take complicated turns to their birth country

August 24, 2012 Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com
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Audience Reviews for Somewhere Between

Dedicated to her own adopted Chinese daughter, Linda Goldstein Knowlton has created a raw and intimate love-letter carrying the message that the journeys and identities of each adopted child are unique, and sharing their stories gives new perspectives of what may or may not be important in the examination of our selves. Haley, Jenna, Ann, and Fang are incredibly strong young women, and America is so fortunate to be in their graces.
December 20, 2013
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