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Beijing Bicycle Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Great tale of two boys' struggle over a bicycle.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 4/5

October 14, 2010
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The film's hero is a bore and his innocence soon becomes a questionable kind of inexcusable dumb innocence.

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

March 3, 2003
Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
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An artful yet depressing film that makes a melodramatic mountain out of the molehill of a missing bike.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: C

June 28, 2002
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune

The story has its redundancies, and the young actors, not very experienced, are sometimes inexpressive.

Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 7, 2002
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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With Beijing Bicycle, Wang has crafted a picturesque morality tale that slyly depicts the hopelessness of communism while pointing up the essential similarities between people of all classes.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/4

May 31, 2002
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies

Beijing Bicycle is a subtle, beautifully made film and a seemingly good-natured social commentary on contemporary Beijing. Unfortunately, it's pretty boring.

Full Review Source: Jam! Movies | Original Score: 3/5

May 31, 2002
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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Make no mistake, [Wang's] camera is saying, and don't be deceived by the Communist rhetoric -- this city is as class-ridden as any in the West.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

May 31, 2002
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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While Wang Xiaoshuai's film doesn't plumb the depths, nor resonate with the kind of profound irony of Vittoria De Sica's 1947 classic, it is nonetheless an affecting, poignant drama.

| Original Score: 3/4

May 30, 2002
Jason Anderson

Scenes of Guei clutching pathetically to the bike while Jian's buddies beat him up are played alternately as comedy and tragedy.

Full Review Source: eye WEEKLY | Original Score: 4/5

May 30, 2002
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

This well-acted piece is of interest for its rather subtle examination of Chinese class distinctions.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 3/4

May 3, 2002
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune

The story bogs down in a mess of purposeless violence.

Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 3, 2002
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy

A thinly veiled look at different aspects of Chinese life clashing with each other.

Full Review | Original Score: 6/10

May 2, 2002
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The tug of war that ensues is as much a snapshot of modern China in microcosm as it is a crash course in movie mythology.

| Original Score: 3/4

April 26, 2002
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star

Nicely serves as an examination of a society in transition.

Full Review Source: Kansas City Star

April 26, 2002
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Comes ... uncomfortably close to coasting in the treads of The Bicycle Thief.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 2/4

March 21, 2002
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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What's most unusual about Beijing Bicycle in terms of recent Chinese history is that any form of class conflict is depicted at all.

March 13, 2002
Laura Kelly
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

The boys' sparring, like the succession of blows dumped on Guei, wears down the story's more cerebral, and likable, plot elements.

| Original Score: 2/4

March 8, 2002
Kim Morgan

The actors are so terrific at conveying their young angst, we do indeed feel for them.

Full Review Source: Oregonian

March 8, 2002
Marta Barber
Miami Herald
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Fails to deliver either a social message or a good story.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 8, 2002
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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An uneven but intriguing drama that is part homage and part remake of the Italian masterpiece.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 1, 2002
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