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11 Flowers Reviews

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Mike Scott
March 1, 2013
A richly directed and historically credible film that -- with its sense of time and place -- ends up functioning as fascinating and poignant temporal travelogue.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Louis Proyect
February 23, 2013
This brilliant coming-of-age story should demonstrate that Americans should be hacking Chinese computers to steal intellectual property and not the other way around--especially Hollywood.
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
February 23, 2013
Graceful, tender and poignant with a very believable, organic character arc. It's more than your average coming-of-age story.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.55/10
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
February 22, 2013
A compelling Chinese coming-of-age drama about a young boy's initiation into the adult world of violence and mystery.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
February 22, 2013
The movie lingers in the mind, largely because director Wang Xiaoshuai's theme is poignant and classic: The more a child perceives of what the adults around him are doing, the more childhood slips away.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
February 21, 2013
Poised on the brink of sexual awareness and the waning of the Cultural Revolution, an 11-year-old boy struggles to interpret the signals from his changing body and an increasingly confusing world.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
February 21, 2013
Wang Xiaoshuai's gently engrossing coming-of-age tale isn't strikingly unique, but it does possess the heartfelt confidence that comes from autobiographical influence - and natural talent.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Justin Chang
February 19, 2013
An absorbing coming-of-age drama set during the waning stage of China's Cultural Revolution, 11 Flowers takes its place among Wang Xiaoshuai's finest films.
Caroline McKenzie
Slant Magazine
February 18, 2013
Because of its choice in subjectivity, and despite the film's historical context, 11 Flowers firmly elevates the experience of the personal over the political.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Noémi Luciani
Hollywood Reporter
May 22, 2012
Carefully framed, as though not to break the spell, Wang Xiaoshuai's young actors wander about familiar streets, unaware of the great wind of history.
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Aaron Hillis
Village Voice
February 22, 2013
More sensitive than disaffected, too gentle to resonate more than mildly.
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David Fear
Time Out
February 20, 2013
Mildly resonant, if not revelatory.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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