Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. A beautiful and genuinely spirit-lifting film about poverty and education.
  2. It's an uplifting movie about the rewards of perseverance and community.
  3. Has a slow-burning emotional power.
  4. 91
    If it touches up against the syrupy at a very few moments, it's nevertheless consistently clear-eyed and convincing.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Nov 11, 2013
    The film is exhausting, not the bad side of the word, he is strong and causes the viewer to anxiety and despair, and in the end, you feel. Wei is a heroine of the real world. Full Review »
  2. TYL
    Dec 2, 2008
    Innocent, charming, real and moving. I've traveled the east and this movie reminds me of some of the harsh realities of rural areas and the small yet significant miracles of humanity. Full Review »
  3. R.C,
    Nov 2, 2007
    After living in China for 1 1/2 years I related to the interesting dynamics of the people in the movie. It was not unlike real life experienced by those that live in the country. Very Chinese. Full Review »