Home-movie-like document of a disastrous film production offers a few laughs.
A delightful tale of filmmaking woe.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Fun and amusing albeit a little too much navel-gazing and low on insight.
| Original Score: 7.85/10
Ultimately, Unmade in China is ultimately less about the experience of making a movie in China than it is a chronicle of one director's wounded ego.
Why does Kofman, who co-directs with Tanner King Barklow, insist upon making the movie mostly about himself? He gets into nearly every frame, often in closeup.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
It is surprisingly boring to watch a movie being made, on the set or off, and a beleaguered production is not necessarily an exception.
| Original Score: 2/5
Ugly Americans and not so pretty Chinese dominate this cheesy doc about a cheesy group of L.A. filmmakers trying to make a cheesy film in China with Chinese backing.
A comical account of a year-long, money-burning party which ought to serve as a sobering warning for any equally-na´ve entrepreneurs considering investing in China.
All of this could be very funny, but while the film does deliver some strong comic turns, far too much time is spent watching an inactive Kofman whining about his lot ...
Not even its problematically touristic gaze is enough to derail the fascination of this absurd tale's many nightmarish twists and turns.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Ultimately some fresh and amusing points are made regarding the issues of final cut privilege and film piracy ... if only it were as wholly engaging as its content deserves.
| Original Score: B
It's a cautionary tale of sorts, but the story is so strange it is often not clear exactly what it's cautioning us against.
| Original Score: 3/5
Mostly, it's just a sloppy account of a doomed-to-fail endeavor in which Kaufman retroactively feigns naivete about an assignment with too many obvious red flags.
Unmade in China is nominally about filmmaking, but what Kofman and Barklow do well is to use their unusual position within the Chinese state machine to make a thinly veiled movie about politics.
| Original Score: 7.5/10
[It] becomes an onsite mouthpiece for a pouting, passive-aggressive filmmaker who desperately needs an outlet.
| Original Score: B-
"Unmade in China" is an entertaining personalized account of a director's hardships attempting to work in China's determinedly hostile filmmaking conditions.