Not One Less
Not One Less (2000)

Teacher Gao loves the students in his poor village and is devoted to educating them in the hope of their greater futures. When he is called away to tend to his dying mother for a month, the Mayor calls in an inexperienced 13 year-old… More

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Rated: G
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: February 18, 2000
DVD Release Date: August 22, 2000
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

This thematic 'lesson' is served up with non-didactic grace complemented by tiny bursts of humour.

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A.O. Scott
New York Times

Despite its deliberate austerity, Not One Less is extraordinarily rich.

Sarah Boslaugh

The relentlessly small scale of Not One Less is essential to its power.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

For Chinese viewers, this film will play as a human drama. For Western viewers, there's almost equal interest at the edges of the screen, in the background, in the locations and incidental details that show daily life in today's China.

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Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle

It's an excellent movie for kids, because it is about how amazing children can be.

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Michael Dequina

That these non-actors are able to so convincingly bring this highly emotional fictional story to life is the true mark of a master filmmaker at work.

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Leslie Camhi
Village Voice

With Not One Less, Zhang Yimou has fashioned what feels like an uncannily accurate portrait of a culture where Communist ideology has vanished like a brief dream, as traditional community values clash with the burgeoning cult of money.

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Andrew O'Hehir

This film may seem slow, and its concerns distant to many American viewers. But Not One Less is a movie whose humanity is irresistibly, even joyfully, accessible.

John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

no one makes more beautiful films than Zhang Yimou. No one captures the intrinsic character of the Chinese people more indelibly as well

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Flixster Audience Score: 90% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
Do you have a heart that beats inside your body? If you do, then you will like this film. It starts out a little slow, but gets better in the middle and ends… More
John Ballantine
Lovely film about a teacher's mission to ensure that children are still educated when he is challenged with a personal responsibility for a month.