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Unmade In China Reviews

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Andrew Schenker
Village Voice
April 30, 2013
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 ...
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Nicolas Rapold
New York Times
May 3, 2013
It is surprisingly boring to watch a movie being made, on the set or off, and a beleaguered production is not necessarily an exception.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Peter Debruge
Variety
April 18, 2013
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.
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
May 3, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
May 2, 2013
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.
Ethan Alter
Television Without Pity
May 3, 2013
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.
Kenji Fujishima
Slant Magazine
April 29, 2013
Not even its problematically touristic gaze is enough to derail the fascination of this absurd tale's many nightmarish twists and turns.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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April 18, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10
Christopher Campbell
Film School Rejects
April 20, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
November 15, 2013
A delightful tale of filmmaking woe.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
May 6, 2013
Fun and amusing albeit a little too much navel-gazing and low on insight.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.85/10
Kam Williams
Sly Fox
May 2, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
April 14, 2013
"Unmade in China" is an entertaining personalized account of a director's hardships attempting to work in China's determinedly hostile filmmaking conditions.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
November 15, 2013
Home-movie-like document of a disastrous film production offers a few laughs.
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
April 18, 2013
[It] becomes an onsite mouthpiece for a pouting, passive-aggressive filmmaker who desperately needs an outlet.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
April 18, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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