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Quitting (2002)

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Average Rating: 6.4/10
Reviews Counted: 44
Fresh: 34 | Rotten: 10

While Quitting is an honest and intimate look into the world of one man's struggle with drug addiction, the subject matter is better suited for the small screen.

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Average Rating: 6.3/10
Critic Reviews: 18
Fresh: 13 | Rotten: 5

While Quitting is an honest and intimate look into the world of one man's struggle with drug addiction, the subject matter is better suited for the small screen.

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Movie Info

Following up on his award-winning opus Shower, Zhang Yang directs this biographical film concerning and starring Chinese film icon Jia Hong-Sheng, who starred in such groundbreaking works as Suzhou River and Frozen. Following initial professional success, Jia falls into a spiral of depression and drug abuse. Soon he drops out from Beijing's acting scene, withdraws from friends, and locks himself in his apartment listening to old records. His parents, who run a small theater troupe in a remote

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Art House & International, Drama

Huo Xin, Yang Zhang

Mar 4, 2003

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All Critics (51) | Top Critics (22) | Fresh (34) | Rotten (10) | DVD (5)

Formally ambitious and emotionally engaging.

February 26, 2003
Hollywood Reporter
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It helps that the central performers are experienced actors, and that they know their roles so well.

December 13, 2002
Seattle Times
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Ultimately engages less for its story of actorly existential despair than for its boundary-hopping formal innovations and glimpse into another kind of Chinese 'cultural revolution.'

November 22, 2002 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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Intriguing in concept ... [and] just as compelling in execution.

November 22, 2002 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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A brave experiment.

November 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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Daring and beautifully made.

November 14, 2002 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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Bogs down badly as we absorb Jia's moody, bad-boy behavior which he portrays himself in a one-note performance.

March 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Offoffoff
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Quitting offers piercing domestic drama with spikes of sly humor.

December 16, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Presents a side of contemporary Chinese life that many outsiders will be surprised to know exists, and does so with an artistry that also smacks of revelation.

December 13, 2002
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

... mesmerizing, an eye-opening tour of modern Beijing culture in a journey of rebellion, retreat into oblivion and return.

December 12, 2002 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

The asylum material is gripping, as are the scenes of Jia with his family.

December 2, 2002 Full Review Source: eye WEEKLY
eye WEEKLY

A surprisingly touching film.

November 22, 2002 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

That dogged good will of the parents and 'vain' Jia's defoliation of ego, make the film touching despite some doldrums.

September 27, 2002 Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego Union-Tribune

Quitting delivers a sucker-punch, and its impact is all the greater beause director Zhang's last film, the cuddly Shower, was a non-threatening multi-character piece centered around a public bath house.

September 20, 2002
San Francisco Examiner

Qutting may be a flawed film, but it is nothing if not sincere.

September 20, 2002 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
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