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  • Summary: When 11-year-old Wang is selected to lead his school through their daily gymnastic regimen, his teacher recommends that he wear a clean, new shirt in honor of this important position. This request forces his family to make a great sacrifice and changes Wang's life forever. [First Run Features]
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  1. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Feb 21, 2013
    90
    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.
  2. Reviewed by: Caroline MacKenzie
    Feb 18, 2013
    88
    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.
  3. Reviewed by: Mark Jenkins
    Feb 22, 2013
    80
    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.
  4. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    Feb 21, 2013
    63
    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.
  5. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Feb 19, 2013
    60
    Once the murderer starts relying on the lad’s kindness, all the preceding kid stuff starts to take on a purposefully sour tang.
  6. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Feb 21, 2013
    60
    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.
  7. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Mar 1, 2013
    60
    Ends up being foreign but familiar, artful and honest, as well as beautiful and believable.
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  1. Feb 26, 2013
    9
    This film is wonderful. It's gentle and honest, like real people are. It's not another one of those violent, stupid, boring hollywood films. I really enjoyed getting to know the characters and their authentic stories. Expand

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