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About the Movie
Tze Chun makes a “fine feature debut” (NY Times) with this multiple award-winning Sundance 2009 film. After being evicted, hardworking single mom Elaine Cheng tries to maintain a normal life for her children, Raymond and Tina. Elaine juggles a number of jobs, including working for a questionable pyramid scheme. When Elaine doesn’t return home one night, nobody knows the kids are home alone, and they are left to fend for themselves. As the days pass, Raymond, a budding inventor, realizes he needs to come up with a plan to take care of his little sister. Featuring “gifted child actors” (LA Weekly), CHILDREN OF INVENTION is “urgent, artful, austerely poetic" (Variety) and "a rueful homage to American dreams both wonderful and warped" (Village Voice).
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 15
- Fresh: 11
- Rotten: 4
- Average Rating: 6.4/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Restraint proves a virtue of -- and a shrewd if necessary choice for -- Children of Invention, a modestly scaled, quietly effective independent movie about a struggling single mother and her two children.
Fresh: Chen and Chiu's genuine, rarely cloying performances along with Cheung's urgent sincerity add immeasurably to this timely film's many modest pleasures.
Rotten: Heartfelt but dramatically tepid tale of two kids who must fend for themselves after their single mom goes missing.
Fresh: The young director Tze Chun is not a flashy filmmaker, but he understands the vulnerability of immigrant workers in the sleazy sub-rosa economies of a floundering 21st-century America.