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24 City (Er shi si cheng ji) Reviews

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Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York
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Jia is one of the guiding lights of the sixth generation of Chinese filmmakers, and 24 City is a potent exploration of his constant theme -- the tectonic shifts that occur as the old gives way to the new.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 4/6

June 3, 2009
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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This subversively old-fashioned hymn to industrial production is filled with offbeat, vaguely absurd details.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

June 3, 2009
Maria Garcia
Film Journal International

Celebrated filmmaker Jia Zhangke melds fiction and non-fiction filmmaking to portray the new betrayals in store for the Chinese as they shift to capitalism--ones not very different from the old betrayals of a paternalistic society.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

June 2, 2009
Louis Proyect
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Brilliant evocation of Maoist-minded workers alienated by China's bourgeois transformation.

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May 30, 2009
Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
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With this moody and curiously effective follow-up to his critically acclaimed drama Still Life, director Jia Zhang-Ke paints another vivid portrait of China devastated by commercial 'progress.'

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

May 7, 2009
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies

24 City is best viewed with no pretense of it being a documentary. Thus absolved of having to provide context, it can be appreciated for its narrative, a past-meets-present series of melodramas.

Full Review Source: Jam! Movies | Original Score: 3/5

March 20, 2009
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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The boom-and-bust cycle that afflicts company towns in capitalist countries also dogs the state-run cogmakers, as Chinese auteur Jia Zhang-ke lyrically depicts in 24 City, an ode to changing times.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/4

March 20, 2009
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

The complexity of [Zhangke's] postmodernist formal gambit nonetheless gets at something pressing.

Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness | Original Score: B+

October 27, 2008
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

One of the year's best... a narrative film masquerading as a documentary, and more of an essay on the status of life in a modernising China than either

Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 10/10

October 27, 2008
Kevin Lee
Slant Magazine

Simultaneously more and less than meets the eye.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 3/4

October 9, 2008
Hank Sartin
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

November 18, 2011
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

September 14, 2010
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon

Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 3/5

May 17, 2008

Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012
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