| Original Score: B
An artful yet depressing film that makes a melodramatic mountain out of the molehill of a missing bike.
| Original Score: C
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
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.
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
What's most unusual about Beijing Bicycle in terms of recent Chinese history is that any form of class conflict is depicted at all.
Fails to deliver either a social message or a good story.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
An uneven but intriguing drama that is part homage and part remake of the Italian masterpiece.
This film puts Wang at the forefront of China's Sixth Generation of film makers.
| Original Score: 4/5
Well before it's over, Beijing Bicycle begins spinning its wheels.
| Original Score: 2/4
Too simple for its own good.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
This Chinese movie suffers a flat tire about halfway through.
| Original Score: 3/5
This is a moderately engaging tale.
[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.
Thoughtful and exhilarating.
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.
The tug-of-war at the core of Beijing Bicycle becomes weighed down with agonizing contrivances, overheated pathos and long, wistful gazes.
With this masterful, flawless film, [Wang] emerges in the front ranks of China's now numerous, world-renowned filmmakers.
| Original Score: 5/5
At once somber and mysterious, comical and sad. It shows just how lonely a crowded city can be.
Wang mistakes affectless storytelling and character conception for rigor, and as a result huge portions of Beijing Bicycle are dull and repetitive.