Last year's unwanted-pregnancy sweepstake continues with Lost in Beijing, Li Yu's soap-operatic drama set in China's bustling capital.
| Original Score: 2/4
whatever meaning the film might have had about China's disaffected, new striving capitalists is lost in the chaos and clutter
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Lost In Beijing is most noted for several thumb-nosing gratuitous sex scenes that got the movie reprimanded by the censors back home.
The prevalent shooting style is monotonous naturalism, as the camera buzzes between contentious actors and trolls after anything on the move.
A monotonous sordid melodrama.
| Original Score: C
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
| Original Score: 2/5
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.
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.
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.
| Original Score: 3/5
Begins with a wild coincidence and goes rapidly downhill from there, becoming one of the most unintentionally hilarious tragedies in quite some time.
| Original Score: 1/4
As messy a dysfunctional relationship drama as you could hope to witness on screen. How do you say 'Jerry Springer' in Mandarin?
| Original Score: 4/4
Li cements her status as a Chinese director to watch.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
An engaging parable about the dire effects of giving in to the Western obsession with money.
It's a funny film, a parable of sorts, and a character-driven take on what's ticking in China.
| Original Score: 3/4
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
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.
| Original Score: B
An involving, highly accessible portrait of an emotional menage a quatre in the modern-day Chinese capital.
The situations may be forced, but the struggles with basic vices -- greed, jealousy, lust, deception -- are convincingly elemental.
| Original Score: 3/6