One Child Nation Reviews

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December 18, 2019
Grand atrocities pile atop private heartbreak as this powerful film unfolds.
December 18, 2019
What eventually emerges is a peerless portrait of collective trauma - a devastating look at how this law not only sociologically gutted a country but made everyone complicit in the crime.
September 25, 2019
[A] powerful documentary...
August 28, 2019
[A] houghtful and sobering dissection of the human toll of government rule.
August 19, 2019
Wang hopes her film will serve to bear witness to the suffering of this shameful period, now being purged from the collective memory with "Nineteen Eighty-Four"-like efficiency.
August 16, 2019
As a rule, talking heads do not make for compelling film. But such heads, and such talk.
August 16, 2019
[Nanfu] Wang began this film as a way to rediscover her own past. It does far more than that. It will help ensure that the full tragedy of those years is not forgotten. Anyone who sees this film is not likely to forget.
August 15, 2019
In a very full and riveting 85 minutes, "One Child Nation" assembles a huge story together from many small, crucial pieces.
August 14, 2019
This is an important film, if often a difficult one to watch.
August 12, 2019
This sort of film calls for bracing yourself and keeping your eyes open. Funny how many of those there are these days.
August 12, 2019
It's stunning, it's sickening, it's heartbreaking.
Top Critic
August 9, 2019
Its directness and intimacy lend an indelibility that encyclopedic framing could never approximate. The one-child policy haunts Wang, and she wants it to haunt the viewer, too.
August 9, 2019
What we learn is fascinating and troubling, albeit within a narrow range.
August 8, 2019
Shocking as it may be, One Child Nation needs to be seen.
August 8, 2019
More horrifying than any screamer you'll see this year.
August 8, 2019
Soul-baring and furious, the documentary "One Child Nation" takes a powerful, unflinching look at China's present through its past.
August 8, 2019
The individual stories that make up "One Child Nation," illuminate an entire history of institutional corruption, medical brutality and pervasive misogyny.
August 7, 2019
The movie offers an urgent and affecting reminder of what happens when the rule of law subsumes not just free will but the very act of existing - and the humanity that still, against all odds, endures.
August 7, 2019
As wide-ranging in scope as it is horrifying in its particulars, the film does the necessary work of illuminating, for a large audience, a dark chapter of Chinese history.
July 29, 2019
[A] boldly confrontational and journalistically probing documentary...
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