• Unrated, 2 hr. 5 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Zhang Ke Jia
    In Theaters:
    Oct 4, 2013 Limited
    On DVD:
    Apr 8, 2014
  • Kino Lorber


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A Touch of Sin Reviews

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Anders Wright
San Diego Union-Tribune

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 Source: San Diego Union-Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/5

August 7, 2014
Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

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 Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 8/10

August 3, 2014
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's a brilliant lyrical film, shot on a grand-scale.

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

May 26, 2014
Padraic McKiernan
Irish Independent

Though ultra-violent at times, those in the market for quality arthouse fare are guaranteed to be enthralled.

Full Review Source: Irish Independent

May 23, 2014
Andrew Tracy
Sight and Sound

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.

Full Review Source: Sight and Sound

May 22, 2014
Mark Kermode
Observer [UK]

Teases together four disparate stories of people driven to violence by the purgatorial pain of their modern existence.

Full Review Source: Observer [UK] | Original Score: 4/5

May 18, 2014
Geoffrey Macnab

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 Source: Independent | Original Score: 4/5

May 16, 2014
Allan Hunter
Daily Express

It provides a brutal, compelling insight into a troubled nation and is told with a fierce sense of urgency.

Full Review Source: Daily Express | Original Score: 4/5

May 16, 2014
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

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.

Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher

May 16, 2014
D'Arcy Doran
Little White Lies

Shocking. Stylish. Historic.

Full Review Source: Little White Lies | Original Score: 5/5

May 15, 2014
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times

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 Source: Financial Times | Original Score: 2/5

May 15, 2014
Jon Lyus

Consistently gripping and fascinating.

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

May 15, 2014
Kevin Harley
Total Film

The violence hits you like a shovel to the head, but the political rage stings hardest.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 4/5

May 13, 2014
Siobhan Synnot

This is what Pulp Fiction might have looked like if Bill Douglas had got hold of it.

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

May 11, 2014
Simon Crook
Empire Magazine

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 Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

May 11, 2014
Brian Orndorf

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 Source: Blu-ray.com | Original Score: B+

May 10, 2014
Alan Bett
The Skinny

This major work is cinematic in scope but loses none of the provocative truth that defines Zhangke's oeuvre.

Full Review Source: The Skinny | Original Score: 5/5

May 8, 2014
Ray Pride

I can't imagine a comparable American movie, militating passionately, lyrically over on the economic inequities of American life. It just isn't done.

Full Review Source: Newcity

April 5, 2014
Jonathan Romney
Film Comment Magazine

[A] bracing and unexpected offering from a director we thought we knew.

Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine

February 6, 2014
Jonathan Kiefer
SF Weekly

The filmmaker uses his trademark meditative pacing to delineate a de facto Wild West replete with ruthless corruption.

Full Review Source: SF Weekly

February 4, 2014
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