Somewhere Between Reviews

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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
January 10, 2013
There's not much interpersonal drama here, and the little that materializes gets promptly resolved.
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Simon Abrams
Village Voice
August 21, 2012
Knowlton never delves far enough into her subjects' stories for Somewhere Between to feel more nuanced than, say, a good commercial for international child-adoption services.
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
December 3, 2012
The film shows the girls as reassuringly normal, which is good for their psyches but not particularly exciting to movie audiences.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
May 26, 2013
A deeply moving film that raises profound questions about the merits of international adoption.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Joanne Ostrow
Denver Post
November 16, 2012
A very affecting piece.
Kalvin Henely
Slant Magazine
August 22, 2012
For what often feels like an obligatory "Where Are They Now?" DVD extra, the documentary is surprisingly affecting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Omer Mozaffar
Chicago Sun-Times
January 10, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
October 12, 2012
It's a testament to the human stories, not the filmmaking, that some moments unleash a deeply affecting drama with a high potential for tears.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Eric Hynes
Time Out
August 21, 2012
The film is overcrowded with story lines and short on thrust, but fortunately, its protagonists carry the day with their candor and precocious poise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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August 23, 2012
A warm-hearted if somewhat over-orchestrated documentary that gives voice to four teenaged adoptees from loving but very different homes.
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest
September 15, 2012
Intimate and compelling. All four of the teens' stories and experiences featured are enlightening.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
September 20, 2012
It finally boils down to people who care about other people, and it's enough to restore your faith in humanity.
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David Lewis
San Francisco Chronicle
September 20, 2012
A play-it-safe, by-the-numbers kind of documentary - yet somehow it gets under your skin.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Nora Lee Mandel
Film-Forward.com
August 24, 2012
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
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Kam Williams
myfilmblog
August 19, 2012
A very informative, thought-provoking and ultimately moving documentary exploring both the bright and dark sides of the Asian adoption controversy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
August 23, 2012
All have their own stories, but the common narrative in these "trans-racial" kids' lives is the strength it takes to be who you are and to flourish when identity is becomes one more challenge.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media
March 22, 2013
Adoption docu is heartwarming and emotional.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
July 17, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
November 1, 2012
In this poignant movie we meet four Chinese-born teenagers who are living with American parents from Berkeley to Boston.
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
August 23, 2012
"Somewhere Between" presents an effortlessly moving but superficial profile of four bright Chinese girls and their adoptive American families.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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John Anderson
Variety
February 23, 2012
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