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24 City (Er shi si cheng ji) Reviews

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Derek Smith
Tiny Mix Tapes
August 2, 2015
In the end, the filmmaker's fragmented approach marks an interesting, if not entirely successful, departure for one of China's most talented working directors.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
April 29, 2010
Chinese arthouse fixture Jia Zhang Ke looks at the closure of a state-owned factory in Chengdu, combining real interviews with awkwardly am-dram mock ones.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
June 4, 2009
Mostly, 24 City falls into the same Jia trap of inadvertently drawing the viewers' gaze past his human subjects and to the poetic images of a country in painful metamorphosis.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle
July 31, 2009
24 City won't change the minds of detractors -- it is his most painfully slow yet -- but it might change the minds of his supporters, including this critic, for Jia attempts something that is, in the end, unforgivable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Carmen Gray
Total Film
May 6, 2010
Punctuated with eyebrow-raising poems about aeronautics factories, its treacle-paced obliqueness will frustrate some viewers. But the pay-off's a layered, haunting portrait of China in its shift to a capitalist economy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
June 5, 2009
Mr. Jia is an artist, one of the most interesting filmmakers working anywhere in the world, and he made his film to bear witness to a way of life while witnesses could still be found.
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
June 7, 2009
Compelling and provocative with powerful images and quietly moving interviews that shed light on impact of social, economical and political changes on factory workers in China.
Full Review | Original Score: 9.0/10
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
October 27, 2008
The complexity of [Zhangke's] postmodernist formal gambit nonetheless gets at something pressing.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Maggie Lee
Hollywood Reporter
July 6, 2010
In [Jia Zhangke's] chronicle of the changing fortunes of a defunct but once glorious aeronautic factory and its workers through talking heads and wordless images exclusively, the documentary strain prevails to simple, yet emotionally reverberating effect.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
June 5, 2009
The actors in 24 City, an experimental fiction-nonfiction hybrid, bring their own existential realities to their short, touching performances.
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
October 27, 2008
One of the year's best... a narrative film masquerading as a documentary, and more of an essay on the status of life in a modernising China than either
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Jennifer Merin
June 6, 2009
Jia Zhangke uses documentary and narrative storytelling in "24 City," an extraordinary chronicling of how deconstruction of an aviation factory in Chengdu, China, effects the lives of 30,000 workers for whom the factory was not just a job, but a way of li
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
March 20, 2009
The boom-and-bust cycle that afflicts company towns in capitalist countries also dogs the state-run cogmakers, as Chinese auteur Jia Zhang-ke lyrically depicts in 24 City, an ode to changing times.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
July 30, 2009
As far as nonfiction goes, you probably won't seen anything else this year so beautifully filmed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
May 6, 2010
History weaves in and out of faces that purl their monologues -- real or scripted -- as Jia presents the past as a giant, invisible river.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matt Bochenski
Little White Lies
April 30, 2010
Enthralling, beguiling and haunting.
| Original Score: 4/5
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
June 28, 2009
This blending of the truth and invention is a key plank of Chinese director Jia Zhang-Ke's work, which skates so close to documentary it is hard to spot the join.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
April 29, 2010
The film takes on an operatic feel, moving between euphoria for the new and lament for the lost.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dan Fainaru
Screen International
August 4, 2015
Jia purposely refrains from voicing any opinions here and its authenticity may be arguable, but if pure fiction is so often taken as historical testimony, why shouldn't half-fiction qualify for the same honours?
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 24, 2010
Reflective historical documentary on ordinary Chinese workers.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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