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Quitting Reviews

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Mark Halverson
Sacramento News & Review

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 3/5

August 7, 2008

Film Threat

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 3.5/5

December 6, 2005
Emanuel Levy

| Original Score: 4/5

July 16, 2005
Marrit Ingman
Austin Chronicle

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 3/5

March 10, 2003
Richard James Havis
Hollywood Reporter
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Formally ambitious and emotionally engaging.

February 26, 2003
Tim Merrill
Film Threat

Quitting offers piercing domestic drama with spikes of sly humor.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 3.5/5

December 16, 2002
John Hartl
Seattle Times
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It helps that the central performers are experienced actors, and that they know their roles so well.

| Original Score: 3/4

December 13, 2002
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

December 13, 2002
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

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

Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Original Score: A

December 12, 2002
Adam Nayman

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

Full Review Source: eye WEEKLY | Original Score: 3/5

December 2, 2002
Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
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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.'

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/5

November 22, 2002
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies

A surprisingly touching film.

Full Review Source: Jam! Movies | Original Score: 3.5/5

November 22, 2002
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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Intriguing in concept ... [and] just as compelling in execution.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

November 22, 2002
Patrick Z. McGavin
Chicago Tribune
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Daring and beautifully made.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 14, 2002
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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If Quitting isn't worthy of affection exactly, it's worthy of respect, as director Zhang Yang plays with the structural elements of the story as well as notions of fiction and fact.

October 11, 2002
Steven Rosen
Denver Post
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It further declares its director, Zhang Yang of Shower, as a boldly experimental, contemporary stylist with a bright future.

Full Review Source: Denver Post

October 11, 2002
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune

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

Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

September 27, 2002
Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
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Jia's performance is so unsparing and intense -- and the film so compassionate and chaste in its approach to a life lost and recovered -- that Quitting ultimately satisfies.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

September 20, 2002
Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner

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.

| Original Score: 3/4

September 20, 2002
Warren Curry

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

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/5

September 20, 2002
Derek Elley
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Derek Adams
Time Out
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Jeet Heer
National Post
November 23, 2002

Arizona Republic
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November 8, 2002
Elbert Ventura
October 27, 2002
John Esther
Pasadena Weekly

Renouncing and reunification --Family and friends go through the emotions twice in 'Quitting'

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October 8, 2002
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