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  • Summary: Of the roughly 80,000 girls who have been adopted from China since 1989—a decade after China implemented its One Child Policy—the film intimately follows four teenagers: Haley, Jenna, Ann, and Fang. These four wise-beyond-their-years, yet typical American teens, reveal a heartbreaking sense of self-awareness as they attempt to answer the uniquely human question, “Who am I?” They meet and bond with other adoptees, some journey back to China to reconnect with the culture, and some reach out to the orphaned girls left behind. In their own ways, all attempt to make sense of their complex identities. Issues of belonging, race, and gender are brought to life through these articulate subjects, who approach life with honesty and open hearts. (Ladylike Films) Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Sep 14, 2012
    You'd have to be a stone not to be moved.
  2. Reviewed by: Janice Page
    Oct 18, 2012
    Knowlton has landed on four stories that deserve to be told, and she's told them in a straightforward way that gets the job done, with obvious dedication and love.
  3. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Jan 9, 2013
    A three-year labor of love from a mother for her daughter. It is a touching movie that, at first, might seem like a public service announcement, but eventually takes us into some touching personal struggles.
  4. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Aug 23, 2012
    Somewhere Between presents an effortlessly moving but superficial profile of four bright Chinese girls and their adoptive American families.
  5. Reviewed by: Kalvin Henely
    Aug 22, 2012
    For what often feels like an obligatory "Where Are They Now?" DVD extra, the documentary is surprisingly affecting.
  6. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Aug 23, 2012
    As this strong, moving documentary shows, for those who came to the U.S., reconnecting to their culture and blood relatives can result in a generation of young people who feel "somewhere between" Chinese and American. They're never fully one or the other, but in the best cases can feel part of both.
  7. Reviewed by: Simon Abrams
    Aug 21, 2012
    Knowlton never delves far enough into her subjects' stories for Somewhere Between to feel more nuanced than, say, a good commercial for international child-adoption services.

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