A Touch of Sin Reviews

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Ray Pride
Newcity
April 5, 2014
I can't imagine a comparable American movie, militating passionately, lyrically over on the economic inequities of American life. It just isn't done.
Jonathan Romney
Film Comment Magazine
February 6, 2014
[A] bracing and unexpected offering from a director we thought we knew.
Jonathan Kiefer
SF Weekly
February 4, 2014
The filmmaker uses his trademark meditative pacing to delineate a de facto Wild West replete with ruthless corruption.
Tom Clift
Concrete Playground
January 21, 2014
While Zhangke's structural approach can at times be emotionally distancing, his themes thankfully keep the movie feeling personal.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Gerald Peary
Arts Fuse
January 13, 2014
Jia shows the new China as a venal,impossibly corrupt place where the downtrodden millions are almost as maltreated, and just as hopeless, as sufferers under Mao.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5 stars
T'Cha Dunlevy
Montreal Gazette
January 10, 2014
Part nuanced social commentary, part brutal action flick, auteur Jia Zhangke's seventh film takes a multi-pronged approach to a complex topic: the effect of capitalist greed on modern China.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
January 3, 2014
This masterwork is set in contemporary China, where the gulf between those able to maneuver (or manipulate) the country's economies of change and those left behind or defeated by the seismic shifts widens.
James Verniere
Boston Herald
January 3, 2014
A filmmaker captures soul of a nation in distress.
Full Review | Original Score: A minus
Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner
January 3, 2014
Unique and brilliant.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit
January 2, 2014
Courageous and unsparing in its view of contemporary China
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
January 2, 2014
In two decades of moviemaking, China's Jia Zhangke has examined the damage of his country's explosive growth with a poetic sense of outrage. With his latest effort, the implied violence bubbles over.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
January 2, 2014
Jia is passionate about his characters, but that never compromises his considerable artistic control.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
December 23, 2013
A film that could only be made by a fearless director fully aware of his powers, and unafraid to grapple with ideas that might break him.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times
November 22, 2013
Drawing on four news stories, writer-director Jia Zhangke portrays the plight of workers in the new China. Set in four provinces, A Touch of Sin is humanist critique of the country's turn to capitalism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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John DeFore
Washington Post
November 22, 2013
Jia offers a stark presentation (no music, few edits) that discourages vicarious thrills; the violence is startling, not cool.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
November 21, 2013
Jia's primary concern here is the solitary suffering of his characters, punished to the point where they can't take anymore.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
November 14, 2013
...kicks off with an absolutely electrifying opening sequence...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Marc Mohan
Oregonian
November 12, 2013
Director Jia Zhangke's measured fury is evident in every frame.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Stuart Klawans
The Nation
October 31, 2013
Although [Jia's] film is panoramic in settings and quasi-encyclopedic in styles, it unrolls as a single picture, sweeping, fluid and mesmerizingly clear.
Ron Wilkinson
It's Just Movies
October 19, 2013
An inside look at the mean streets of modern day China.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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