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Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry Reviews

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Tom Long
Detroit News
September 7, 2012
A fascinating portrait of a modern artist and activist trying to make a difference within China's repressive political system.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
August 16, 2012
The film's recurring theme is of an artist on a perpetual hunt for transparency, in his country and abroad.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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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Michael Upchurch
Seattle Times
August 2, 2012
A sobering, cautionary tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
August 2, 2012
One of the most engagingly powerful movies of the year almost completely on the strength of Ai's rumpled charisma and the confusion it creates in the bureaucratic mindset of the Chinese Communist Party.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
July 27, 2012
As this sometimes haphazard documentary shows, Ai won't stop talking. Or blogging. Or tweeting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
July 26, 2012
A useful primer, though it also focuses a bit more on the activism than on the art.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Guy Dixon
Globe and Mail
July 26, 2012
He may still seem enigmatic, but we don't need to know his deepest thoughts. The intensity of his daily life and the persecution he continues to face is more than enough to understand who he is and what he is enduring.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
July 26, 2012
Klayman had full access to Ai, 55, following him around for two years. The sweetest footage involves Ai and his mother.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
July 26, 2012
Ai Weiwei is a crucial figure of East-West cultural communication and contemporary history, whose middle finger extended at the centers of power stands for a rising tide of global discontent.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
July 26, 2012
The fluidity and convenience of digital moviemaking tools explain some of its freshness, as does Ms. Klayman's history as a budding documentarian.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
July 26, 2012
The film's greatest distinction is its intimacy.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
July 26, 2012
One can't help wishing the subject would make his own, more complex cinematic self-portrait. But for now, Klayman has provided a valuable introduction to a man everyone should know.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Murray Whyte
Toronto Star
July 26, 2012
Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry accomplishes what the best works of this sort do: Take a great, compelling, widely known story and make it deeper, fuller and better.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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July 26, 2012
Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry is a portrait of a brave (or simply stubborn) eccentric in action.
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Kenneth Baker
San Francisco Chronicle
July 26, 2012
Klayman acquaints us with the man behind the decisions, an extraordinarily down-to-earth yet cosmopolitan figure, full of mischief, courage and defiance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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July 26, 2012
Offers a good introduction to the career of this fascinating man who is no shrinking violet.
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
July 26, 2012
As much as Never Sorry reveals about its central subject, it reveals just as much about the place where he lives, and the way demands for freedom find methods to limbo under oppression.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
July 25, 2012
He radiates a mischievous sense of the absurdity - and necessity - of one man tossing stones at a regime this gigantic.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
July 24, 2012
His spiritedness makes the darker places his story goes all the more affectingly tragic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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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
Variety
January 30, 2012
The film is a good start, but such an important artist deserves a more rigorous portrait.