"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
An enlightening documentary about four girls adopted in China by American parents who as teenagers are struggling with their identity and whether to learn more about their birth families.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
A deeply moving film that raises profound questions about the merits of international adoption.
Al Alexander - The Patriot Ledger
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
A play-it-safe, by-the-numbers kind of documentary - yet somehow it gets under your skin.
David Lewis - San Francisco Chronicle
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
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
A very informative, thought-provoking and ultimately moving documentary exploring both the bright and dark sides of the Asian adoption controversy.
Kam Williams - myfilmblog