Ping Guo (Lost in Beijing) Reviews

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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Stephen Garrett
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
June 13, 2008
Li cements her status as a Chinese director to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
April 14, 2008
Though the film's emotional tone is blurry -- toward the end it swerves away from farce and back toward anguish - its social criticism could hardly be more clear.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
March 28, 2008
Too serious for comedy and too improbable to achieve much impact as social melodrama, it works best as a showcase for its actors, all of whom bring more depth to the material than it achieves on its own.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
March 27, 2008
Lost in Beijing tells the story of a man who, when his wife becomes pregnant after being raped by her employer, enters into a series of financial negotiations with him.
Full Review | Original Score: B
David Noh
Film Journal International
January 28, 2008
Fang Li should be applauded for his courageous efforts to address taboo subjects of sex and politics, even while one may question certain aspects of his films.
Kam Williams
NewsBlaze
January 27, 2008
As messy a dysfunctional relationship drama as you could hope to witness on screen. How do you say 'Jerry Springer' in Mandarin?
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
January 24, 2008
An engaging parable about the dire effects of giving in to the Western obsession with money.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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John Anderson
Newsday
January 24, 2008
It's a funny film, a parable of sorts, and a character-driven take on what's ticking in China.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Derek Elley
Variety
January 22, 2008
An involving, highly accessible portrait of an emotional menage a quatre in the modern-day Chinese capital.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
July 6, 2009
A monotonous sordid melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze
May 7, 2008
Lost In Beijing is most noted for several thumb-nosing gratuitous sex scenes that got the movie reprimanded by the censors back home.
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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle
April 18, 2008
Begins with a wild coincidence and goes rapidly downhill from there, becoming one of the most unintentionally hilarious tragedies in quite some time.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
April 18, 2008
The film benefits from solid performances by its four stars, but it is overly didactic and drawn-out as its comic tone grows darker and darker.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
April 12, 2008
You don't wind up thinking much of any of these characters. Sympathy is lost somewhere around the time the frantic camera style makes you dizzy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
January 25, 2008
The sex is sufficient (if you care), the acting is good, and the shots of Beijing's streets and highways are interesting. But the story is contrived.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
January 25, 2008
When a rapist (Tony Leung) is the second-most sympathetic character in a story about greed, duplicity and adultery among four people, it needs a more forgiving audience than me.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Chris Barsanti
Filmcritic.com
January 24, 2008
whatever meaning the film might have had about China's disaffected, new striving capitalists is lost in the chaos and clutter
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Ray Bennett
Hollywood Reporter
January 22, 2008
Lost in Beijing might have the Chinese censors trying to wield their scissors, but Li Yu's muddled sex drama is unlikely to cause an uproar, or make much of a stir, anywhere else.
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