Angels Wear White Reviews

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September 23, 2020
Vivian Qu's stunning critique of attitudes towards women in China...
March 12, 2020
Angels Wear White unravels with the vague trappings of a crime thriller or mystery, but it is more than a detective story inflected with social justice themes.
June 3, 2019
A poetic elegy for lost childhood and societal justice.
February 21, 2019
Heartbreaking and rousing in equal measure, it is simply not possible to watch without feeling incentivised to act. A film that lingers in the mind.
October 18, 2018
Using the powerful symbol of the Monroe edifice throughout the film, and an apparently non-threatening seaside location, Qu has made a harsh feminist critique of present-day-on-the-surface-modern China's endemic attitudes towards women.
October 11, 2018
...a fast-paced, beautifully-shot thriller set in contemporary China, and a film that would be well worth seeing even if the subject matter were not so timely.
September 6, 2018
Zhou, in particular, gives a heartbreaking performance.
July 31, 2018
A poised and perceptive crime drama... every frame leaves an imprint, both visually and emotionally.
July 26, 2018
The subject sounds heavy, but writer-director Vivian Qu, following her superb debut, Trap Street, is more poet than social activist.
July 26, 2018
Anchored by two strong performances...Qu rarely veers away from one girl or the other, a smart and sensitive decision to witness and digest the world from that perspective.
June 27, 2018
Shooting largely with a handheld camera, Qu generates a jittery energy that makes the characters' stress palpable. This feeling escalates as the investigation closes in.
May 31, 2018
The film offers a thoughtful, textured and quietly furious criticism of a sexist Chinese system and society.
May 31, 2018
Qu fleshes out her characters to expose the societal and familial pressures that tend to limit options for females.
May 31, 2018
Remarkable youth performances anchor Vivian Qu's rigorous procedural Angels Wear White, about the adults who exploit children-and the systemic misogyny that protects them.
May 18, 2018
A bleak, bold and quietly seething look at the misogynistic culture faced by young girls in contemporary China.
May 17, 2018
In its perceptions and mood, "Angels Wear White" plays like acutely serious female noir.
May 4, 2018
A striking resemblance to "The Florida Project" for its motel locale, its class consciousness and above all its cinematic mastery.
May 4, 2018
A tough and unsparing drama that vividly brings to light the kind of narrative too many people have endured over the years.
May 3, 2018
As a writer-director, Qu never pulls her punches, while keeping the bad guys and their horrific violence at the edge of the frame.
May 3, 2018
This all sounds grim, and it is. But the story grabs you. Ms. Qu shoots the sturdily constructed scenario with unshowy sharpness.
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