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24 City (Er shi si cheng ji) Reviews

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
September 14, 2010
A blend of documentary and drama which is by turns movingly authentic and deliberately artificial.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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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July 6, 2010
24 City includes evocative footage of Factory 420's dismantling, but emphasizes people over place.
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Derek Elley
Variety
July 6, 2010
Strongest moments are when the pristine HD lensing by Hong Kong's Yu Lik-wai (a Jia regular) and Wang Yu, and warm string music by Yoshihiro Hanno, take over in montages showing the gradual dismantling of the factory.
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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
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
August 20, 2009
The director has an exquisite eye that keeps getting stronger and subtler. He trusts that beauty is vagueness's alluring upside.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
June 5, 2009
The result is surprisingly engrossing -- even lively, due in part to brief musical numbers inserted amid the interviews.
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.
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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.
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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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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
June 3, 2009
Jia is one of the guiding lights of the sixth generation of Chinese filmmakers, and 24 City is a potent exploration of his constant theme -- the tectonic shifts that occur as the old gives way to the new.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
June 3, 2009
This subversively old-fashioned hymn to industrial production is filled with offbeat, vaguely absurd details.
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
May 7, 2009
With this moody and curiously effective follow-up to his critically acclaimed drama Still Life, director Jia Zhang-Ke paints another vivid portrait of China devastated by commercial 'progress.'
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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