Ghost Town Reviews

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
April 14, 2010
How does a massive, uneasily modernizing nation feeds its people? That question, in all its facets, is the river running through Ghost Town, and the waters are rarely clear.
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
April 14, 2010
Zhao Dayong's Ghost Town paints a haunting trifurcated portrait of people set adrift by forced large-scale economic and cultural transformations.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
March 9, 2010
I do not expect to soon find scenes to match Ghost Town's mountaintop funeral, the running along after a rowdy exorcism, or the scanning of faces at the town Christmas chorale. His back to prosperity, Dayong finds hallowed ground.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
April 13, 2010
In spite of its length the film feels foreshortened, as if every vignette or incident, every character encountered for a few moments, contained the germ of an unwritten novel.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Ethan Alter
NYC Film Critic
March 24, 2010
"Superficial" is one word that can't be used to describe Zhao Dayong's Ghost Town.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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David Fear
Time Out
March 10, 2010
Never mind the nation's great economic leap forward; the longer you watch Zhao's chronicle of the financially destitute and the bureaucratically forgotten (and it's a lengthy doc), the more you feel that you're witnessing a country fraying at its edges.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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