"Somewhere Between" presents an effortlessly moving but superficial profile of four bright Chinese girls and their adoptive American families.
Jeannette Catsoulis - New York Times
It's a testament to the human stories, not the filmmaking, that some moments unleash a deeply affecting drama with a high potential for tears.
Stephanie Merry - Washington Post
All the girls in this film speak candidly. Sometimes their words sound like poetry. Sometimes their words are poetry.
Janice Page - Boston Globe
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.
Simon Abrams - Village Voice
All have their own stories, but the common narrative in these "trans-racial" kids' lives is the strength it takes to be who you are and to flourish when identity is becomes one more challenge.
Joe Neumaier - New York Daily News
A very affecting piece.
Joanne Ostrow - Denver Post
Watching this movie, I feel the need to run to the mall or someplace, and find a Chinese baby to hug. Or, at least, I can hug my own daughters.
Omer Mozaffar - Chicago Sun-Times
There's not much interpersonal drama here, and the little that materializes gets promptly resolved.
Ben Sachs - Chicago Reader
Documentarian Linda Goldstein Knowlton follows four teenage adoptees as they sort through the sensitive cultural and personal issues that arise from their dual identities.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
John Anderson - Variety
You'd have to be a stone not to be moved.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
Adoption docu is heartwarming and emotional.
S. Jhoanna Robledo - Common Sense Media
The film shows the girls as reassuringly normal, which is good for their psyches but not particularly exciting to movie audiences.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
In this poignant movie we meet four Chinese-born teenagers who are living with American parents from Berkeley to Boston.
Joe Williams - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
These girls - and Ruby - have traveled far, on a journey not yet finished; you sense, though, that they know their way home.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
It finally boils down to people who care about other people, and it's enough to restore your faith in humanity.
Kelly Vance - East Bay Express
A play-it-safe, by-the-numbers kind of documentary - yet somehow it gets under your skin.
David Lewis - San Francisco Chronicle
Intimate and compelling. All four of the teens' stories and experiences featured are enlightening.
Fr. Chris Carpenter - Movie Dearest
Chinese girls in white American households navigate adolescence. . .in middle-class families [not] in diverse, urban settings to take complicated turns to their birth country
Nora Lee Mandel - Film-Forward.com
Exceptionally well-made and emotionally riveting documentary...A celebration of the very best in human nature and a trove of delightful, thrilling and even suspenseful moments.
Doris Toumarkine - Film Journal International
A warm-hearted if somewhat over-orchestrated documentary that gives voice to four teenaged adoptees from loving but very different homes.
Ella Taylor - NPR
For what often feels like an obligatory "Where Are They Now?" DVD extra, the documentary is surprisingly affecting.
Kalvin Henely - Slant Magazine
The film is overcrowded with story lines and short on thrust, but fortunately, its protagonists carry the day with their candor and precocious poise.
Eric Hynes - Time Out New York
A very informative, thought-provoking and ultimately moving documentary exploring both the bright and dark sides of the Asian adoption controversy.
Kam Williams - myfilmblog