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Petition Reviews

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Eric Monder
Film Journal International
January 18, 2011
Sad and sobering account of human-rights violations in modern-day China.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
January 14, 2011
A brave and wrenching new documentary from China
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Chris Cabin
January 13, 2011
epic and ambitious
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Louis Proyect
January 13, 2011
A film that shows how China's poor go through a Kafkaesque nightmare in a largely futile effort to get justice through Beijing's petition offices. Nominally ombudsmen, these offices largely serve to prevent justice from taking place.
Bill Weber
Slant Magazine
January 12, 2011
This documentary of a makeshift community of Chinese citizens caught in a Dickensian charade of Beijing bureaucracy finds hope among the hopeless and pride in the hearts of outcasts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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David Fear
Time Out
January 12, 2011
This guerrilla-cinema essay is more than just a look at China's judicial morass; it's a dispatch from the front lines of a dictatorship.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
January 10, 2011
A concert of stifled voices that, together, are a brave and angry cry for democratic representation and the rule of law.
Chris Fujiwara
Boston Phoenix
January 27, 2010
Moments of communication sought or denied give poignancy to a film filled with helplessness and outrage.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jonathan Romney
Screen International
September 15, 2009
An exemplary piece of journalism...
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