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Beijing Bicycle Reviews

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Susan Stark
Detroit News
March 1, 2002
This film puts Wang at the forefront of China's Sixth Generation of film makers.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
March 1, 2002
Well before it's over, Beijing Bicycle begins spinning its wheels.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
February 28, 2002
An absorbing slice of the New China and a fascinating duel between two magnificently stubborn antagonists.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
February 20, 2002
The work of a maturing filmmaker, one who marries causes that matter with a sober melancholy and an admirable restraint.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
February 9, 2002
A classic romance always involves a certain formula: Boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets girl. Beijing Bicycle is a romance, except the love interest is a bicycle and not a girl.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
February 8, 2002
Too simple for its own good.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
February 7, 2002
This Chinese movie suffers a flat tire about halfway through.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Norm Schrager
Filmcritic.com
February 7, 2002
There's more repetition than creativity throughout the movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
February 3, 2002
Xiaoschuai's film is surprisingly compelling in that few of his characters are likeable
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
February 3, 2002
It's a pity, but we wind up with a meaningless morality film that seems most at home clattering away on an elementary school classroom projector than in art houses.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jesse Hamlin
San Francisco Chronicle
February 1, 2002
This is a moderately engaging tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Chris Fujiwara
Boston Globe
February 1, 2002
[Wang's] reliance on sugarcoated music and his trite use of slow motion show that his heart lies in making undemanding fluff for the world market.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire
February 1, 2002
...plots dependent on character stupidity are not a purely Hollywood phenomenon.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
January 31, 2002
Thoughtful and exhilarating.
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 30, 2002
All mood and no movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
January 28, 2002
It tells a compelling story while making a devastating, entirely convincing argument about the corrosive effects of Chinese capitalism on traditional values and human dignity.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
January 25, 2002
The tug-of-war at the core of Beijing Bicycle becomes weighed down with agonizing contrivances, overheated pathos and long, wistful gazes.
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
January 25, 2002
A sensitive, modest comic tragedy that works as both character study and symbolic examination of the huge economic changes sweeping modern China.

E! Online
January 25, 2002
Xiaoshuai gets naturalistic performances from his young cast.
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
January 24, 2002
With this masterful, flawless film, [Wang] emerges in the front ranks of China's now numerous, world-renowned filmmakers.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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