A Touch of Sin Reviews

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August 7, 2019
Jia hits us where it hurts, and it's impossible to look away.
June 22, 2019
The characters feel like blank slates rather than well-defined people, and the attempt to connect all four characters at the end is unnecessary. Regardless, A Touch of Sin is still worth watching if given the chance.
March 21, 2019
It's been some time since a drama has tackled the moral complexities of revenge quite so brutally -- and so well.
January 30, 2019
A Touch of Sin puts together a picture of social unrest, class injustices and violent response bubbling just beneath the surface. Each story is loosely connected but the real link is a brewing anger levelled at an unfair social system.
August 31, 2018
[Director Jia Zhangke] proves himself here a master of pacing.
August 31, 2018
Has a propulsion that may slow down during its two-hour running time, but it never falters.
August 14, 2018
A Touch of Sin, regardless of its faults, is still a thought-provoking film.
October 2, 2017
Although [director Jia Zhangke] makes a great deal in interviews of how the four stories are drawn from reported cases in recent years across the nation... A Touch of Sin plays contrary to a torn-from-the-headlines dramatization.
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.
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.
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.
May 26, 2014
It's a brilliant lyrical film, shot on a grand-scale.
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.
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.
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