A Touch of Sin Reviews

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Sean Burns
EntertainmentTell
May 5, 2015
A grueling experience. One that feels sadly necessary.
Brian D. Johnson
Maclean's Magazine
March 27, 2015
A kind of Chinese Pulp Fiction with a political pulse, it adds up to a powerful portrait of desperate individuals driven to extremes by official corruption and runaway commercial development.
Anders Wright
San Diego Union-Tribune
August 7, 2014
It's a movie that's bitterly violent, both physically and emotionally, and a tremendous exploration of the have-nots in a society that is mostly known for its haves.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis
August 3, 2014
It might be my least favorite of (Jia's) movies, but I still count it as one of the best films of 2013 which should tell you what I think of this extraordinary filmmaker.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
May 26, 2014
It's a brilliant lyrical film, shot on a grand-scale.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Padraic McKiernan
Irish Independent
May 23, 2014
Though ultra-violent at times, those in the market for quality arthouse fare are guaranteed to be enthralled.
Andrew Tracy
Sight and Sound
May 22, 2014
It's that quality of directness, of purpose -- here particularly fierce purpose -- that gives Jia's plays with fiction and nonfiction both their vigour and their political perceptiveness and bite.
Ryan Gilbey
New Statesman
May 22, 2014
Beyond the spattered blood and broken bones, Jia's usual levels of compassion and social analysis are maintained.
Mark Kermode
Observer [UK]
May 18, 2014
Teases together four disparate stories of people driven to violence by the purgatorial pain of their modern existence.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Geoffrey Macnab
Independent
May 16, 2014
Jia Zhangke's brilliantly observed A Touch of Sin paints a bleak and violent picture of a contemporary China in which corruption is endemic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Allan Hunter
Daily Express
May 16, 2014
It provides a brutal, compelling insight into a troubled nation and is told with a fierce sense of urgency.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
May 16, 2014
It's been banned in China for its savage criticism of that nation's economic and social policies. But its horrors look awfully familiar to us in the West, too.
D'Arcy Doran
Little White Lies
May 15, 2014
Shocking. Stylish. Historic.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
May 15, 2014
As an eastern western it's like The Searchers with missing GPS. The spectator wants guidance - but may not want it long enough to stay the journey.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jon Lyus
HeyUGuys
May 15, 2014
Consistently gripping and fascinating.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kevin Harley
Total Film
May 13, 2014
The violence hits you like a shovel to the head, but the political rage stings hardest.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Siobhan Synnot
Scotsman
May 11, 2014
This is what Pulp Fiction might have looked like if Bill Douglas had got hold of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Simon Crook
Empire Magazine
May 11, 2014
There's more than a nod to King Hu's Touch Of Zen as Zhangke unleashes a four-fisted chunk of ultraviolent fury. Tarantino would approve.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com
May 10, 2014
It's a strikingly shot picture with some genuine dramatic weight, but as an overall piece of understanding, the movie leaves too much obscured, keeping the viewer in the dark despite some incredibly intimate acts of deliberation.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Alan Bett
The Skinny
May 8, 2014
This major work is cinematic in scope but loses none of the provocative truth that defines Zhangke's oeuvre.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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