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Beijing Bicycle Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
October 14, 2010
Great tale of two boys' struggle over a bicycle.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
March 3, 2003
The film's hero is a bore and his innocence soon becomes a questionable kind of inexcusable dumb innocence.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
June 28, 2002
An artful yet depressing film that makes a melodramatic mountain out of the molehill of a missing bike.
Full Review | Original Score: C
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
June 7, 2002
The story has its redundancies, and the young actors, not very experienced, are sometimes inexpressive.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
May 31, 2002
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
May 31, 2002
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
May 31, 2002
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 30, 2002
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
Jason Anderson
eye WEEKLY
May 30, 2002
Scenes of Guei clutching pathetically to the bike while Jian's buddies beat him up are played alternately as comedy and tragedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
May 3, 2002
This well-acted piece is of interest for its rather subtle examination of Chinese class distinctions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
May 3, 2002
The story bogs down in a mess of purposeless violence.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy
May 2, 2002
A thinly veiled look at different aspects of Chinese life clashing with each other.
Full Review| Original Score: 6/10
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
April 26, 2002
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
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
April 26, 2002
Nicely serves as an examination of a society in transition.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
March 21, 2002
Comes ... uncomfortably close to coasting in the treads of The Bicycle Thief.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
March 13, 2002
What's most unusual about Beijing Bicycle in terms of recent Chinese history is that any form of class conflict is depicted at all.
Laura Kelly
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
March 8, 2002
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
Kim Morgan
Oregonian
March 8, 2002
The actors are so terrific at conveying their young angst, we do indeed feel for them.
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Marta Barber
Miami Herald
March 8, 2002
Fails to deliver either a social message or a good story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
March 1, 2002
An uneven but intriguing drama that is part homage and part remake of the Italian masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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