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  • 60
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    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. show more

  • 80
    Mark Jenkins NPR

    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. show more

  • 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. show more

  • 63
    Farran Smith Nehme New York Post

    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. show more

  • 60
    Mike Scott New Orleans Times-Picayune

    Ends up being foreign but familiar, artful and honest, as well as beautiful and believable. show more

  • 60
    David Fear Time Out New York

    Once the murderer starts relying on the lad’s kindness, all the preceding kid stuff starts to take on a purposefully sour tang. show more

  • 90
    Jeannette Catsoulis The New York Times

    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. show more

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