I Am Eleven - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

I Am Eleven Reviews

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John Lui
The Straits Times (Singapore)
September 11, 2015
Bailey proves that talking to the right 11-year-old can be the most educational and uplifting thing an adult can do.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ken Eisner
Georgia Straight
August 25, 2015
Bailey clearly has a gift for intimacy, as she has no trouble getting inside the homes and, you could say, heads of her subjects.
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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
October 2, 2014
Regardless of background, sophistication or home country, the kids all share a lovely sense of open-heartedness. They all talk about being part of a collective, and see the human race as a large extended family.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Thomas Lee
San Francisco Chronicle
September 29, 2014
What emerges is a group of kids who are generally content but must confront the often confusing time between childhood and adolescence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
September 29, 2014
An enjoyable mishmash of young voices and faces poised between childhood and teenagerdom.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
September 18, 2014
A smart, enjoyable portrait.
Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media
September 15, 2014
Charming, thought-provoking global docu about childhood.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Mallory Andrews
Movie Mezzanine
September 13, 2014
The film is pleasant enough as a facile anthropological exercise, though it reveals little insight.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
September 11, 2014
The project could easily have seemed like a smarmy Nickelodeon special or some variant of "Kids Say the Darndest Things," but Ms. Bailey's willingness to let the children talk and to let the viewer impose broader meaning elevates it.
Kam Williams
Baret News
September 11, 2014
Pearls of wisdom from the mouths of babes uttered with such heartfelt conviction that you want to believe them, even when you're a little skeptical.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
September 11, 2014
An entertaining and appealing documentary about the hopes, dreams, and fears of eleven year olds around the world.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
September 11, 2014
The feature-length film ultimately becomes repetitive, with the lack of contextual information about the subjects' lives rendering the proceedings shallow.
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Graham Fuller
New York Daily News
September 11, 2014
Bailey resists sentimentality. She also revisits some children when they get older, which gives her film an echo of Michael Apted's "7 Up" series. This one, though, is stunning in its own right.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Anna Storm
Film Journal International
September 11, 2014
...'Eleven' is not novel; Bailey's work is simply and certainly the energetic, optimistic film she set out to make.
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Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
September 9, 2014
Heaped together into a feature, these brief introductions prove frustrating, unrevealing of any greater truth, and weighed down by the soundtrack's jaunty ukuleles ...
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
September 8, 2014
Pretty and ambitious, but scattered and inconsequential.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Glenn Dunks
Onya Magazine
October 17, 2013
Racism, poverty, bullying, and traditional culture rear their ugly heads in some of the lives, but its important to note that Bailey's mission statement seems to be, most of all, to highlight the positive.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Richard Kuipers
January 22, 2013
Docu's only slight blemish is some repetitive testimony. Tech aspects are fine.
Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer
January 22, 2013
I Am Eleven is part "Kids Say the Darndest Things," part sociology lesson and all smiles.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
January 22, 2013
Bailey has created something on par with the Up series.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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