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A Touch of Sin Reviews

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May 10, 2014
It's a strikingly shot picture with some genuine dramatic weight, but as an overall piece of understanding, the movie leaves too much obscured, keeping the viewer in the dark despite some incredibly intimate acts of deliberation.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
May 8, 2014
This major work is cinematic in scope but loses none of the provocative truth that defines Zhangke's oeuvre.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
April 5, 2014
I can't imagine a comparable American movie, militating passionately, lyrically over on the economic inequities of American life. It just isn't done.
February 6, 2014
[A] bracing and unexpected offering from a director we thought we knew.
February 4, 2014
The filmmaker uses his trademark meditative pacing to delineate a de facto Wild West replete with ruthless corruption.
January 21, 2014
While Zhangke's structural approach can at times be emotionally distancing, his themes thankfully keep the movie feeling personal.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 13, 2014
Jia shows the new China as a venal,impossibly corrupt place where the downtrodden millions are almost as maltreated, and just as hopeless, as sufferers under Mao.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5 stars
January 10, 2014
Part nuanced social commentary, part brutal action flick, auteur Jia Zhangke's seventh film takes a multi-pronged approach to a complex topic: the effect of capitalist greed on modern China.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
January 3, 2014
This masterwork is set in contemporary China, where the gulf between those able to maneuver (or manipulate) the country's economies of change and those left behind or defeated by the seismic shifts widens.
January 3, 2014
A filmmaker captures soul of a nation in distress.
Full Review | Original Score: A minus
January 3, 2014
Unique and brilliant.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 2, 2014
Courageous and unsparing in its view of contemporary China
January 2, 2014
In two decades of moviemaking, China's Jia Zhangke has examined the damage of his country's explosive growth with a poetic sense of outrage. With his latest effort, the implied violence bubbles over.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 2, 2014
Jia is passionate about his characters, but that never compromises his considerable artistic control.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 23, 2013
A film that could only be made by a fearless director fully aware of his powers, and unafraid to grapple with ideas that might break him.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
November 22, 2013
Drawing on four news stories, writer-director Jia Zhangke portrays the plight of workers in the new China. Set in four provinces, A Touch of Sin is humanist critique of the country's turn to capitalism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 22, 2013
Jia offers a stark presentation (no music, few edits) that discourages vicarious thrills; the violence is startling, not cool.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 21, 2013
Jia's primary concern here is the solitary suffering of his characters, punished to the point where they can't take anymore.
November 14, 2013
...kicks off with an absolutely electrifying opening sequence...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 12, 2013
Director Jia Zhangke's measured fury is evident in every frame.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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