Not One Less Reviews

September 7, 2011
March 22, 2002
This thematic 'lesson' is served up with non-didactic grace complemented by tiny bursts of humour.
February 18, 2000
January 1, 2000
Small movie, big impact.
January 1, 2000
Despite its deliberate austerity, Not One Less is extraordinarily rich.
Top Critic
January 1, 2000
This is the kind of intelligent, probing picture where you get the chance to absorb every detail of the girl's experience, and the director's reserved approach exerts a strong, hypnotic hold.
January 1, 2000
It's an excellent movie for kids, because it is about how amazing children can be.
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.
January 1, 2000
The Chinese director Zhang Yimou has a rare gift for dramatizing highly theatrical stories in highly naturalistic settings.
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.
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.