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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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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Louis B. Hobson
Jam! Movies

Not One Less touches the heart in so many subtle ways.

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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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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Annlee Ellingson
Boxoffice Magazine

As charming as it is important, Not One Less has all the elements of a great drama: inspiring performances, the ability to make one laugh and cry and a subject matter worthy of further contemplation.

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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture

The Chinese director Zhang Yimou has a rare gift for dramatizing highly theatrical stories in highly naturalistic settings.

Kevin Lally
Film Journal International

A poignant story of poverty and spirit reminiscent of the great Italian neo-realists.

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Paula Nechak
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

An empowering film for children, showing them at their most capable, working through problems and finding innovative solutions to overcome what seems like an insurmountable obstacle.

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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.