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A Touch of Sin Reviews

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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.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
January 2, 2014
Jia is passionate about his characters, but that never compromises his considerable artistic control.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times
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
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John DeFore
Washington Post
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
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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.
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James Adams
Globe and Mail
October 18, 2013
Epic and intimate, A Touch of Sin finally feels as big and complex, as contradictory and sad as, well, China.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
October 17, 2013
Fists are raised, pistols are cocked and knives are brandished in Jia Zhangke's dystopian and throbbing take on modern China.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
October 17, 2013
In addressing the two-pronged beast of westernization / corruption, Jia gives us a multipronged and engrossing set of plots.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
October 14, 2013
In Jia's methodically furious vision, the ambient violence of unchecked power erupts among the insulted and injured with a horrific yet liberating sense of destruction and self-destruction.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
October 10, 2013
A corrosive depiction of the New China, an everything-for-sale society still figuring out how to cope with the dehumanizing effects of unbridled capitalism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
October 4, 2013
Sin, more stylized than the director's previous work, is also more detached.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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October 4, 2013
The most dramatic and even lurid of writer-director Jia Zhangke's movies.
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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
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Marsha McCreadie
RogerEbert.com
October 4, 2013
It's not a pretty picture, but it's a compelling one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
October 3, 2013
A blistering fictionalized tale straight out of China, "A Touch of Sin" is at once monumental and human scale.
| Original Score: 5/5
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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-
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Stephanie Zacharek
Village Voice
October 1, 2013
Jia has a knack for orchestrating violence: The brutality is just stylized enough to have a kick, though you always feel its emotional weight.
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Calum Marsh
Film.com
September 19, 2013
By far the best action movie of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 9.0/10
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Jon Frosch
The Atlantic
May 29, 2013
A bitter, brutal, often brilliant exploration of violence and corruption in contemporary China.
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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
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
May 23, 2013
Embraces its many contradictions so fully that when the film doesn't work it strangely enough works best.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
May 20, 2013
An art-house film with the body count of a "Die Hard" sequel.