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

Opening

45% The Other Woman Apr 25
—— Brick Mansions Apr 25
50% The Quiet Ones Apr 25
91% Locke Apr 25
81% The Machine Apr 25

Top Box Office

89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier $26.6M
47% Rio 2 $22.5M
52% Heaven Is for Real $21.5M
20% Transcendence $11.2M
7% A Haunted House 2 $9.1M
62% Draft Day $5.9M
41% Divergent $5.8M
71% Oculus $5.2M
77% Noah $5.0M
13% God's Not Dead $4.8M

Coming Soon

71% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 May 02
—— Walk Of Shame May 02
100% Neighbors May 09
—— Godzilla May 16
—— X-Men: Days of Future Past May 23

Premieres Tonight

—— The Boondocks: Season 4

New Episodes Tonight

—— 2 Broke Girls: Season 3
100% Archer: Season 5
86% Bates Motel: Season 2
82% The Blacklist: Season 1
83% Bones: Season 9
83% Castle: Season 6
47% The Following: Season 2
10% Friends With Better Lives: Season 1
—— Metal Hurlant Chronicles: Season 1
—— Mike & Molly: Season 4
59% Star-Crossed: Season 1
45% The Tomorrow People: Season 1
—— Warehouse 13: Season 5

Discuss Last Night's Shows

38% Believe: Season 1
71% The Bletchley Circle: Season 2
—— Californication: Season 7
83% Call the Midwife: Season 3
61% Crisis: Season 1
—— Devious Maids: Season 2
98% Game of Thrones: Season 4
100% The Good Wife: Season 5
86% Mad Men: Season 7
—— The Mentalist: Season 6
—— Mr. Selfridge: Season 2
—— Nurse Jackie: Season 6
71% Once Upon a Time: Season 3
50% Salem: Season 1
96% Silicon Valley: Season 1
48% Turn: Season 1
100% Veep: Season 3

A Touch of Sin Reviews

Page 2 of 3
James Adams
Globe and Mail
Top Critic IconTop Critic

Epic and intimate, A Touch of Sin finally feels as big and complex, as contradictory and sad as, well, China.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 18, 2013
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
Top Critic IconTop Critic

Fists are raised, pistols are cocked and knives are brandished in Jia Zhangke's dystopian and throbbing take on modern China.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 17, 2013
John Anderson
Newsday
Top Critic IconTop Critic

In addressing the two-pronged beast of westernization / corruption, Jia gives us a multipronged and engrossing set of plots.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 4/4

October 17, 2013
Dave White
Linoleum Knife

In [Jia's] sorrowful vision of Life Right Now, everything on screen follows the jagged line of trickle-down cruelty, one where the bottom isn't the bottom at all.

Full Review Source: Linoleum Knife

October 17, 2013
Richard Brody
New Yorker
Top Critic IconTop Critic

In Jia's methodically furious vision, the ambient violence of unchecked power erupts among the insulted and injured with a horrific yet liberating sense of destruction and self-destruction.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

October 14, 2013
Craig Seligman
Bloomberg News

[Jia's film] shows a China spiritually disintegrating under capitalism, an increasingly violent country where the rich swagger and the poor struggle for their little portion of dignity -- a country, in other words, not all that different from the U.S.

Full Review Source: Bloomberg News | Original Score: 3/5

October 11, 2013
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic IconTop Critic

A corrosive depiction of the New China, an everything-for-sale society still figuring out how to cope with the dehumanizing effects of unbridled capitalism.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

October 10, 2013
Louis Proyect
rec.arts.movies.reviews

Zhangke is a throwback to the golden age of cinema, evoking Ray, Kurosawa and Sembene. Like them, he embodies the national idiom while addressing the universal human condition.

Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews

October 5, 2013
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic IconTop Critic

Sin, more stylized than the director's previous work, is also more detached.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B-

October 4, 2013
Mark Jenkins
NPR
Top Critic IconTop Critic

The most dramatic and even lurid of writer-director Jia Zhangke's movies.

Full Review Source: NPR

October 4, 2013
Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
Top Critic IconTop Critic

"A Touch of Sin" is by no means subtle, but it is composed with a passion and sinuous grace that makes it far more effective than many other sincere message movies.

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

October 4, 2013
Marsha McCreadie
RogerEbert.com

It's not a pretty picture, but it's a compelling one.

Full Review Source: RogerEbert.com | Original Score: 3/4

October 4, 2013
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
Top Critic IconTop Critic

A blistering fictionalized tale straight out of China, "A Touch of Sin" is at once monumental and human scale.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 5/5

October 3, 2013
Scott Tobias
The Dissolve

It's a bold, invigorating statement from a director who keeps reinventing himself.

Full Review Source: The Dissolve | Original Score: 4/5

October 3, 2013
Chris Barsanti
Film Journal International

Jia's film remains a troubling, exhilarating epic of pugnacious surreality that's filled with jabbing questions and no simple answers.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

October 3, 2013
A.A. Dowd
AV Club

The movie builds repeatedly to crescendo, pushing some desperate individual to the brink and then watching as he or she explodes into violence.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: A-

October 3, 2013
Stephanie Zacharek
Village Voice
Top Critic IconTop Critic

Jia has a knack for orchestrating violence: The brutality is just stylized enough to have a kick, though you always feel its emotional weight.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

October 1, 2013
Chris Cabin
Slant Magazine

As depicted by Jia Zhang-ke, the balance between the spoils and moral rot of murder are far preferable to the debasing rigors of tradition and hollow nationalism.

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

September 28, 2013
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve

A searing narrative that takes aim against the corruption and greed in The New China.

Full Review Source: Compuserve | Original Score: B+

September 19, 2013
Calum Marsh
Film.com
Top Critic IconTop Critic

By far the best action movie of the year.

Full Review Source: Film.com | Original Score: 9.0/10

September 19, 2013
Page 2 of 3
Find us on:                 
Help | About | Jobs | Critics Submission | Press | API | Licensing | Mobile