Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry Reviews

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Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
August 10, 2012
Though we might wish for more insight or explanation, Klayman's film remains an incredible document of a courageous individual who the Chinese officials would prefer to make disappear.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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John Anderson
Newsday
August 10, 2012
A movie that somehow mixes apprehension for Ai with a feeling of warmth and, certainly, fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Mary Abbe
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 9, 2012
Affable and unpretentious, Ai comes across as a cagey operator whose candor is very appealing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
August 9, 2012
He is heroic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 9, 2012
It's likely to change the way you think about art and politics and the state of China today.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph (UK)
August 9, 2012
The boundaries between performance and protest are virtuosically, vitally fuddled in this stirring documentary chronicling three years in the life of Ai Weiwei, the outspoken Chinese artist and dissident.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic
August 9, 2012
Using archival footage dating back to Ai's adventures in the New York art world in his 20s, Klayman traces his evolution as a creator and as an activist.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
August 9, 2012
The artist repudiated the repudiation. Art had, as art always should have, the last word.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Edward Lawrenson
Little White Lies
August 9, 2012
Fascinating account of Weiwei's practice and politics that gives centre stage to his charismatic personality.
| Original Score: 3/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
August 9, 2012
This is how a documentary portrait should be done.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Anton Bitel
Film4
August 9, 2012
Klayman's all-access, warts-and-all coverage of this artist's struggles with the State represents an extension of Ai's own ideals about transparency and freedom of expression.
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
August 9, 2012
[H]as a sense of the gloss to it: Ai is such a complex man, and he's operating in an environment that is alien to most Westerners, and so at every turn here, I wanted to get into much more depth than Klayman takes us to.
Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com
August 9, 2012
A powerful picture, yet, even more impressively, it treats art like a vessel for communication and meaningful exploration, not just as a stepping stone to cult fame.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
August 7, 2012
In terms of getting his message out to a wider audience, this film simply and effectively serves as part of the cause.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
August 6, 2012
Klayman exploits the opportunity to follow a man at the eye of a cultural and political storm, although more detail on his creative process and private life would have welcome.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
August 3, 2012
Though he has paid the price, Ai is a pathfinder in this new phenomenon in tactical insurrection. Never Sorry is a new-style profile in 21st-century courage.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
August 3, 2012
Ai admits that he's become "a brand for liberal thinking and individualism," though that's nothing to be ashamed of -- at this point, his Warholian talent for self-promotion may be the only thing keeping him alive.
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
August 3, 2012
Structurally ragged but engrossing documentary [about] a courageous provocateur with a gift for cleverly ridiculing a dangerous regime.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest
August 3, 2012
An excellent, revelatory new documentary. Weiwei proves a thoroughly compelling subject.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
August 3, 2012
The story is enthralling, but it's not over, and there's no telling where it's going. Which makes what we see on screen all the more involving.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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