• 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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James Adams
Globe and Mail
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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

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
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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
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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
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"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

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
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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
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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

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
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By far the best action movie of the year.

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

September 19, 2013
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