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Ping Guo (Lost in Beijing) Reviews

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Fernando F. Croce
Slant Magazine

Last year's unwanted-pregnancy sweepstake continues with Lost in Beijing, Li Yu's soap-operatic drama set in China's bustling capital.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

January 20, 2008
Chris Barsanti

whatever meaning the film might have had about China's disaffected, new striving capitalists is lost in the chaos and clutter

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2.5/5

January 24, 2008
Prairie Miller

Lost In Beijing is most noted for several thumb-nosing gratuitous sex scenes that got the movie reprimanded by the censors back home.

Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

May 7, 2008
Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
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The prevalent shooting style is monotonous naturalism, as the camera buzzes between contentious actors and trolls after anything on the move.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

January 22, 2008
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A monotonous sordid melodrama.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: C

July 6, 2009
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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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 Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 25, 2008
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals

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 Source: Cinema Signals | Original Score: 2/5

April 12, 2008
Ray Bennett
Hollywood Reporter
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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.

January 22, 2008
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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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 Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2/4

January 25, 2008
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
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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 Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3/5

April 18, 2008
G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle
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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 Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 1/4

April 18, 2008
Kam Williams

As messy a dysfunctional relationship drama as you could hope to witness on screen. How do you say 'Jerry Springer' in Mandarin?

Full Review Source: NewsBlaze | Original Score: 4/4

January 27, 2008
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film

Li cements her status as a Chinese director to watch.

Full Review Source: Eye for Film | Original Score: 3.5/5

June 13, 2008
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

An engaging parable about the dire effects of giving in to the Western obsession with money.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice | Original Score: 3/5

January 24, 2008
John Anderson
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It's a funny film, a parable of sorts, and a character-driven take on what's ticking in China.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3/4

January 24, 2008
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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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

April 14, 2008
Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

November 18, 2011
Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

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 Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Original Score: B

March 27, 2008
Derek Elley
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An involving, highly accessible portrait of an emotional menage a quatre in the modern-day Chinese capital.

Full Review Source: Variety

January 22, 2008
Stephen Garrett
Time Out New York
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The situations may be forced, but the struggles with basic vices -- greed, jealousy, lust, deception -- are convincingly elemental.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/6

January 24, 2008
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