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A Touch of Sin Reviews

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June 22, 2016
The wuxia killings elevate A Touch of Sin into the territory of great revenge pictures, even as its ideology proves less than discernible.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
April 12, 2016
Jia is one of those moviemakers who can tell a story in a single shot, and his eloquence is hard at work here ...
May 5, 2015
A grueling experience. One that feels sadly necessary.
March 27, 2015
A kind of Chinese Pulp Fiction with a political pulse, it adds up to a powerful portrait of desperate individuals driven to extremes by official corruption and runaway commercial development.
August 7, 2014
It's a movie that's bitterly violent, both physically and emotionally, and a tremendous exploration of the have-nots in a society that is mostly known for its haves.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
August 3, 2014
It might be my least favorite of (Jia's) movies, but I still count it as one of the best films of 2013 which should tell you what I think of this extraordinary filmmaker.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
May 26, 2014
It's a brilliant lyrical film, shot on a grand-scale.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
May 23, 2014
Though ultra-violent at times, those in the market for quality arthouse fare are guaranteed to be enthralled.
May 22, 2014
It's that quality of directness, of purpose -- here particularly fierce purpose -- that gives Jia's plays with fiction and nonfiction both their vigour and their political perceptiveness and bite.
May 22, 2014
Beyond the spattered blood and broken bones, Jia's usual levels of compassion and social analysis are maintained.
May 18, 2014
Teases together four disparate stories of people driven to violence by the purgatorial pain of their modern existence.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 16, 2014
Jia Zhangke's brilliantly observed A Touch of Sin paints a bleak and violent picture of a contemporary China in which corruption is endemic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 16, 2014
It provides a brutal, compelling insight into a troubled nation and is told with a fierce sense of urgency.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 16, 2014
It's been banned in China for its savage criticism of that nation's economic and social policies. But its horrors look awfully familiar to us in the West, too.
May 15, 2014
Shocking. Stylish. Historic.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
May 15, 2014
As an eastern western it's like The Searchers with missing GPS. The spectator wants guidance - but may not want it long enough to stay the journey.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 15, 2014
Consistently gripping and fascinating.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 13, 2014
The violence hits you like a shovel to the head, but the political rage stings hardest.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 11, 2014
This is what Pulp Fiction might have looked like if Bill Douglas had got hold of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 11, 2014
There's more than a nod to King Hu's Touch Of Zen as Zhangke unleashes a four-fisted chunk of ultraviolent fury. Tarantino would approve.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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