• Released
  • February 22, 2013
  • (Limited)
  • 1 hr 55 min
  • Drama
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90

The New York Times

By Jeannette Catsoulis
Delicate and autobiographical (Wang Han was the director’s name when he was a child, and the story is constructed from his boyhood memories), 11 Flowers clings steadfastly to its youthful point of view.
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88

Slant Magazine

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.
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80

NPR

By Mark Jenkins
His latest, the earthy yet subtly evocative 11 Flowers, is in the same mode as the one that's best known in the U.S., 2001's "Beijing Bicycle." Both are simple, resonant tales of youths who have something taken from them.
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63

New York Post

By Farran Smith Nehme
11 Flowers boils down to a coming-of-age tale merged with a why-dunit — not unlike “To Kill a Mockingbird” — but the plot is molasses-slow, as threads are dropped, picked up and dropped again.
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60

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
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.
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60

Time Out New York

By David Fear
Once the murderer starts relying on the lad’s kindness, all the preceding kid stuff starts to take on a purposefully sour tang.
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60

New Orleans Times-Picayune

By Mike Scott
Ends up being foreign but familiar, artful and honest, as well as beautiful and believable.
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71 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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