• 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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Jessica Kiang
The Playlist

Ultimately A Touch of Sin a rather misshapen attempt to add drama and narrative intrigue to Jia's stylistic repertoire, and the joins show too obviously for the result to be truly satisfying to his diehard fans, or to potential new recruits.

Full Review Source: The Playlist | Original Score: C

May 20, 2013
Guy Lodge
Time Out
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It's travelogue cinema for the dissolute and gravely disenfranchised.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/5

May 23, 2013
Shaun Munro
Film School Rejects

A dispiriting uphill climb destined to disappear into obscurity once its day at the Croisette is done.

Full Review Source: Film School Rejects | Original Score: D-

May 19, 2013
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
Jason Gorber
Twitch

A decent 45 minute buildup is squandered as the rest of the running time ambles along.

Full Review Source: Twitch | Original Score: C

September 12, 2013
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
D'Arcy Doran
Little White Lies

Shocking. Stylish. Historic.

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

May 15, 2014
Jon Lyus
HeyUGuys

Consistently gripping and fascinating.

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

May 15, 2014
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
Jordan Cronk
Slant Magazine

From the opening moments of Jia Zhang-ke's A Touch of Sin, something strange is afoot--and not just the unexpected flourish of violence which punctuates the first scene.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine

May 16, 2013
Calum Marsh
Film.com
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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
T'Cha Dunlevy
Montreal Gazette

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 Source: Montreal Gazette | Original Score: 3.5/5

January 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
Tom Clift
Concrete Playground

While Zhangke's structural approach can at times be emotionally distancing, his themes thankfully keep the movie feeling personal.

Full Review Source: Concrete Playground | Original Score: 3/5

January 21, 2014
A.A. Dowd
AV Club
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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
Siobhan Synnot
Scotsman

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
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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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.

Full Review Source: Denver Post

January 3, 2014
Tim Grierson
Paste Magazine

It's a stunning commentary on why our collective belief in might makes right continues to prevail.

Full Review Source: Paste Magazine | Original Score: 7.5/10

May 29, 2013
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph

The horizon-stretching scenery, shimmeringly captured by cinematographer Yu Lik-Wai, will make you draw breath, in awe but also fear.

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

May 17, 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
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