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One Child


How do you hang on to who you are in a perilous world you don’t understand? In SundanceTV’s newest top tier limited series, Mei (Katie Leung), a young woman who was adopted from China as a baby, is dramatically pulled back into the land of her birth. As she embarks on a dangerous mission to save the brother she never knew, she is forced to confront the truth of who she truly is and what family really means.

Status: Returning Series
TV Channel: Sundance Channel
  • Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya

    There’s a considerable amount of restraint in the story’s telling.... Precisely because of its unflinching grimness, One Child is one of the most successful critiques of a broken system.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    This isn't an easy movie to watch, but even at its most bleak, the scenes between the long-estranged mother and daughter are beyond poignant as they find common purpose.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Nancy DeWolf Smith

    Mei’s dogged and often clumsy efforts to bring the truth to light ought to seem laughably naive. Yet the more we grasp the enormity of what she is up against--a relentless apparatus of which every citizen of China is aware--the harder we root for Mei and her tiny Chinese family.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Hillary Busis

    Scenes of Mei trying to reconnect with her past has a few clever touches.... But it also has enough clunky dialogue, poor production values, and sluggish pacing to alienate viewers, too. [5 Dec 2014, p.77]

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    If it’s a flawed exploration of the old nature-vs.-nurture debate, the players and Mei’s predicament consistently make it interesting.

    Variety Full Review
  • Tom Long

    One Child spends too much time running in place--which may reflect China’s inert bureaucracy, but falls short of riveting viewing.

    The Detroit News Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    While the miniseries is sometimes compelling and belatedly rises closer to its potential in the final third of the second night, it’s a sad case of great talent being wasted on badly handled material.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Chris Cabin

    For all its clear outrage, One Child presents absolutely zero challenging ideas of what to do in reaction to these sort of crimes against humanity, other than to ostensibly deal with it.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    Both the writing and the directing fall short in One Child, leaving good actors to work with material that’s mostly not there and viewers reminded of the fact that good intentions are not always enough.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
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