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24 City (Er shi si cheng ji) Reviews

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Derek Malcolm
This is London

Zhangke never hints much about politics ... His is more the story of ordinary people caught up in history and still determined to live their lives as well as they can. It's both relevant and resonant.

Full Review Source: This is London | Original Score: 4/5

May 6, 2010
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times

History weaves in and out of faces that purl their monologues -- real or scripted -- as Jia presents the past as a giant, invisible river.

Full Review Source: Financial Times | Original Score: 4/5

May 6, 2010
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

An intriguing hybrid of fiction and documentary, this film chronicles the dismantling of a notorious factory in Chengdu to make way for a new luxury community. It's skilfully assembled, but a bit dry for Western audiences.

Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall | Original Score: 3/5

May 6, 2010
Carmen Grey
Total Film

Punctuated with eyebrow-raising poems about aeronautics factories, its treacle-paced obliqueness will frustrate some viewers. But the pay-off's a layered, haunting portrait of China in its shift to a capitalist economy.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 3/4

May 6, 2010
Peter Bradshaw

A deeply serious and sombre film, trying to find a way of telling the stories of people affected by the gigantic political and economic changes sweeping that country whose concerns must in the end affect us all: 21st-century China.

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 4/5

April 30, 2010
Matt Bochenski
Little White Lies

Enthralling, beguiling and haunting.

| Original Score: 4/5

April 30, 2010
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph

Chinese arthouse fixture Jia Zhang Ke looks at the closure of a state-owned factory in Chengdu, combining real interviews with awkwardly am-dram mock ones.

Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph | Original Score: 2/4

April 29, 2010
Dave Calhoun
Time Out
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The film takes on an operatic feel, moving between euphoria for the new and lament for the lost.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/5

April 29, 2010
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Reflective historical documentary on ordinary Chinese workers.

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

January 24, 2010
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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The director has an exquisite eye that keeps getting stronger and subtler. He trusts that beauty is vagueness's alluring upside.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

August 20, 2009
G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle
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24 City won't change the minds of detractors -- it is his most painfully slow yet -- but it might change the minds of his supporters, including this critic, for Jia attempts something that is, in the end, unforgivable.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

July 31, 2009
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

As far as nonfiction goes, you probably won't seen anything else this year so beautifully filmed.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 3/4

July 30, 2009
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film

This blending of the truth and invention is a key plank of Chinese director Jia Zhang-Ke's work, which skates so close to documentary it is hard to spot the join.

Full Review Source: Eye for Film | Original Score: 4/5

June 28, 2009
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

Compelling and provocative with powerful images and quietly moving interviews that shed light on impact of social, economical and political changes on factory workers in China.

Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru | Original Score: 9.0/10

June 7, 2009
Jennifer Merin

Jia Zhangke uses documentary and narrative storytelling in "24 City," an extraordinary chronicling of how deconstruction of an aviation factory in Chengdu, China, effects the lives of 30,000 workers for whom the factory was not just a job, but a way of li

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 5/5

June 6, 2009
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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The result is surprisingly engrossing -- even lively, due in part to brief musical numbers inserted amid the interviews.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

June 5, 2009
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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Mr. Jia is an artist, one of the most interesting filmmakers working anywhere in the world, and he made his film to bear witness to a way of life while witnesses could still be found.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

June 5, 2009
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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The actors in 24 City, an experimental fiction-nonfiction hybrid, bring their own existential realities to their short, touching performances.

| Original Score: 3.5/5

June 5, 2009
Scott Tobias
AV Club
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Mostly, 24 City falls into the same Jia trap of inadvertently drawing the viewers' gaze past his human subjects and to the poetic images of a country in painful metamorphosis.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C+

June 4, 2009
Chris Cabin

becomes whatever the viewer wants it to be.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4/5

June 4, 2009
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