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Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry Reviews

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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
February 10, 2012
Doc about dissident artist is long on political friction, short on art.
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Peter Debruge
January 30, 2012
The film is a good start, but such an important artist deserves a more rigorous portrait.
Tara Brady
Irish Times
August 10, 2012
This essential, finely honed biographical portrait is jollied along by all the ironies and complexities of modern China.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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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
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
September 7, 2012
... straightforward, entertaining and provocative documentary about the titular Chinese artist
Full Review | Original Score: 87/100
March 6, 2012
A necessary, compelling and very funny introduction to the eponymous artist as well as a good point of access for Americans who know little of China's creative activists.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
September 19, 2012
Alison Klayman's remarkable film about China's leading 'digital dissident' fully illustrates the talents of a man who often does the opposite of what you'd expect.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
July 26, 2012
The film's greatest distinction is its intimacy.
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
July 22, 2012
The director's clear-minded approach allows her subject's more challenging aesthetic-political mix to shine through, even if it's at the inevitable expense of her own filmmaking proclivities.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest
August 3, 2012
An excellent, revelatory new documentary. Weiwei proves a thoroughly compelling subject.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Michael A. Smith
August 19, 2012
A powerful film that teaches us as much about ourselves as it does it's subject, "Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry," is a sure bet to be nominated for an Oscar come January 2013.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Keith Cohen
Entertainment Spectrum
August 16, 2012
This riveting documentary deserves consideration for year-end awards. Klayman gained unprecedented access to this very photogenic man with a dynamic personality.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
July 28, 2012
A vital, informative wake-up call that will make you feel equally enraged and inspired.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.99/10
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
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
Anton Bitel
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.
Christian Toto
Big Hollywood
August 10, 2012
Who doesn't hate it when critics say, "this is an important documentary you must see!" Well, Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry is a critically important documentary you need to see.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Michael Upchurch
Seattle Times
August 2, 2012
A sobering, cautionary tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 21, 2012
The struggle for free speech in China is given sharp, sobering, disturbing voice through the struggles of cutting edge, digitally savvy, Twitter-loving artist Ai Weiwei.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Brian Holcomb
December 18, 2012
Ai Weiwei is such a laid back, calm and yet mischievous spirit that the film takes on a whole different, almost joyous tone.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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