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A Touch of Sin Reviews

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Jessica Kiang
The Playlist
May 20, 2013
Ultimately A Touch of Sin a rather misshapen attempt to add drama and narrative intrigue to Jia's stylistic repertoire, and the joins show too obviously for the result to be truly satisfying to his diehard fans, or to potential new recruits.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Guy Lodge
Time Out
May 23, 2013
It's travelogue cinema for the dissolute and gravely disenfranchised.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Shaun Munro
Film School Rejects
May 19, 2013
A dispiriting uphill climb destined to disappear into obscurity once its day at the Croisette is done.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
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
Jason Gorber
September 12, 2013
A decent 45 minute buildup is squandered as the rest of the running time ambles along.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Forrest Cardamenis
The Film Stage
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+
Padraic McKiernan
Sunday Independent (Ireland)
May 23, 2014
Though ultra-violent at times, those in the market for quality arthouse fare are guaranteed to be enthralled.
D'Arcy Doran
Little White Lies
May 15, 2014
Shocking. Stylish. Historic.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jon Lyus
May 15, 2014
Consistently gripping and fascinating.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
October 4, 2013
"A Touch of Sin" is by no means subtle, but it is composed with a passion and sinuous grace that makes it far more effective than many other sincere message movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jordan Cronk
Slant Magazine
May 16, 2013
From the opening moments of Jia Zhang-ke's A Touch of Sin, something strange is afoot--and not just the unexpected flourish of violence which punctuates the first scene.
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Calum Marsh
September 19, 2013
By far the best action movie of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 9.0/10
T'Cha Dunlevy
Montreal Gazette
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
Alan Bett
The Skinny
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
Tom Clift
Concrete Playground
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
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A.A. Dowd
AV Club
October 3, 2013
The movie builds repeatedly to crescendo, pushing some desperate individual to the brink and then watching as he or she explodes into violence.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Siobhan Synnot
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
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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.
Tim Grierson
Paste Magazine
May 29, 2013
It's a stunning commentary on why our collective belief in might makes right continues to prevail.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph (UK)
May 17, 2013
The horizon-stretching scenery, shimmeringly captured by cinematographer Yu Lik-Wai, will make you draw breath, in awe but also fear.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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