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You'd have to be a stone not to be moved.
A play-it-safe, by-the-numbers kind of documentary - yet somehow it gets under your skin.
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.
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.
The New York Times
Somewhere Between presents an effortlessly moving but superficial profile of four bright Chinese girls and their adoptive American families.
Adoptees themselves almost certainly will find Somewhere Between an empowering reminder that tens of thousands of kids have walked this path before.
For what often feels like an obligatory "Where Are They Now?" DVD extra, the documentary is surprisingly affecting.
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.
The film is overcrowded with story lines and short on thrust, but fortunately, its protagonists carry the day with their candor and precocious poise.
Village Voice
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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