Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10

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  1. EdK.
    Feb 5, 2007
    The San Francisco Chronicle review has this movie pegged: episodic, meandering, and tedious. I was hoping for something clever, set out on the steppes of outer Mongolia. Well I got the Mongolia part, just nothing very clever. I understand that subtitles change things a bit, but the "dialogue" (such as it was) was terrible (did the kids write their own lines?). And the storyline doesn't ever really get off the ground. A better title for this movie would have been, "Random Goings-On in Mongolia, with a Ping Pong Ball." I give it a 4 just for the scenery and because I like independent movies; really, it's about a 2. Full Review »
  2. ChadS.
    Nov 9, 2006
    A coke bottle falls from the sky; a ping-pong ball floats down a river; yes, "Mongolian Ping-Pong" at times recall the South African import "The Gods Must be Crazy". Both films share the concept of a foreign artifact which transforms the culture of its nomadic practitioners. In this world without Santa Claus, the tooth fairy, or any sort of formal wonderment to entertain a young child, Bilike believes that his ping-pong ball is a glowing pearl. "Mongolian Ping-Pong" is about how children from all walks of life find magic in their prosaic lives. When Bilike and his friends learn that their glowing pearl is actually a ping-pong ball, they launch a short-lived journey that recalls the South African film, and unintentionally, "The Lord of the Rings". Like those homebody hobbits, these rural boys have no idea how far a far-off place really is. "Mongolian Ping-Pong" moves at a snail's pace, but not off-puttingly so. Full Review »