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Not One Less Reviews

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Michael Dequina
January 3, 2010
That these non-actors are able to so convincingly bring this highly emotional fictional story to life is the true mark of a master filmmaker at work.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
April 4, 2007
no one makes more beautiful films than Zhang Yimou. No one captures the intrinsic character of the Chinese people more indelibly as well
Full Review | Original Score: B
Kevin Lally
Film Journal International
September 9, 2002
A poignant story of poverty and spirit reminiscent of the great Italian neo-realists.
Louis B. Hobson
Jam! Movies
July 24, 2002
Not One Less touches the heart in so many subtle ways.
| Original Score: 4/5
Annlee Ellingson
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
As charming as it is important, Not One Less has all the elements of a great drama: inspiring performances, the ability to make one laugh and cry and a subject matter worthy of further contemplation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Paula Nechak
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
April 3, 2002
An empowering film for children, showing them at their most capable, working through problems and finding innovative solutions to overcome what seems like an insurmountable obstacle.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 13, 2002
A stubborn girl shows her compassion and true grit in a situation where she must shoulder adult responsibilities.
Tom Block
September 18, 2001
The best film released in America so far this year.
Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine
March 24, 2001
A masterpiece of simplicity.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
January 1, 2000
Despite its deliberate austerity, Not One Less is extraordinarily rich.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Andrew O'Hehir
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.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
January 1, 2000
Not One Less is a multi-layered story. It has a strong investment in culture and politics, but it is also a delightful story.
| Original Score: 4/5
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
January 1, 2000
The film is low-key and strikingly real. Rarely is there a moment that seems acted.
| Original Score: 81/100
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Leslie Camhi
Village Voice
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.
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Filmgoers get an eye-opening look at the value placed on education in another culture, even in a poor, dusty village where crumbling chalk can be a catastrophe.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
In many ways, Not One Less resembles the socialist-realist dramas of the early Communist regimes. But Zhang has something smarter and more amusing up his sleeve.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
January 1, 2000
This alternately sad-funny film sneaks up on you. Its ability to grab us is surprising because it does so little, because it's so spare -- so unadorned and unpretentious.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
January 1, 2000
Small movie, big impact.
| Original Score: A-
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