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Beijing Bicycle Reviews

Derek Elley
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November 26, 2008

Time Out
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January 26, 2006
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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| Original Score: B

August 9, 2002
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
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
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

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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May 10, 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
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
Susan Stark
Detroit News
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This film puts Wang at the forefront of China's Sixth Generation of film makers.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: 4/5

March 1, 2002
Steven Rosen
Denver Post
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Well before it's over, Beijing Bicycle begins spinning its wheels.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 2/4

March 1, 2002
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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Too simple for its own good.

| Original Score: 2.5/5

February 8, 2002
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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This Chinese movie suffers a flat tire about halfway through.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 3/5

February 7, 2002

Hollywood Reporter
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February 7, 2002
Jesse Hamlin
San Francisco Chronicle
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This is a moderately engaging tale.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

February 1, 2002
Chris Fujiwara
Boston Globe
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[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 Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

February 1, 2002
Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
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Thoughtful and exhilarating.

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January 31, 2002
Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
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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

January 28, 2002
Gene Seymour
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The tug-of-war at the core of Beijing Bicycle becomes weighed down with agonizing contrivances, overheated pathos and long, wistful gazes.

Full Review Source: Newsday

January 25, 2002
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
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With this masterful, flawless film, [Wang] emerges in the front ranks of China's now numerous, world-renowned filmmakers.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 5/5

January 24, 2002
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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At once somber and mysterious, comical and sad. It shows just how lonely a crowded city can be.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

January 24, 2002
Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
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Wang mistakes affectless storytelling and character conception for rigor, and as a result huge portions of Beijing Bicycle are dull and repetitive.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

January 22, 2002
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