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Beijing Bicycle Reviews

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October 14, 2010
Great tale of two boys' struggle over a bicycle.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 3, 2003
The film's hero is a bore and his innocence soon becomes a questionable kind of inexcusable dumb innocence.
Full Review | Original Score: C
June 28, 2002
An artful yet depressing film that makes a melodramatic mountain out of the molehill of a missing bike.
Read More | Original Score: C
June 7, 2002
The story has its redundancies, and the young actors, not very experienced, are sometimes inexpressive.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 31, 2002
With Beijing Bicycle, Wang has crafted a picturesque morality tale that slyly depicts the hopelessness of communism while pointing up the essential similarities between people of all classes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 31, 2002
Beijing Bicycle is a subtle, beautifully made film and a seemingly good-natured social commentary on contemporary Beijing. Unfortunately, it's pretty boring.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 31, 2002
Make no mistake, [Wang's] camera is saying, and don't be deceived by the Communist rhetoric -- this city is as class-ridden as any in the West.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 30, 2002
While Wang Xiaoshuai's film doesn't plumb the depths, nor resonate with the kind of profound irony of Vittoria De Sica's 1947 classic, it is nonetheless an affecting, poignant drama.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
May 30, 2002
Scenes of Guei clutching pathetically to the bike while Jian's buddies beat him up are played alternately as comedy and tragedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 3, 2002
This well-acted piece is of interest for its rather subtle examination of Chinese class distinctions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 3, 2002
The story bogs down in a mess of purposeless violence.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 2, 2002
A thinly veiled look at different aspects of Chinese life clashing with each other.
Full Review| Original Score: 6/10
April 26, 2002
The tug of war that ensues is as much a snapshot of modern China in microcosm as it is a crash course in movie mythology.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 26, 2002
Nicely serves as an examination of a society in transition.
March 21, 2002
Comes ... uncomfortably close to coasting in the treads of The Bicycle Thief.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
March 13, 2002
What's most unusual about Beijing Bicycle in terms of recent Chinese history is that any form of class conflict is depicted at all.
March 8, 2002
The boys' sparring, like the succession of blows dumped on Guei, wears down the story's more cerebral, and likable, plot elements.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
March 8, 2002
The actors are so terrific at conveying their young angst, we do indeed feel for them.
March 8, 2002
Fails to deliver either a social message or a good story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 1, 2002
An uneven but intriguing drama that is part homage and part remake of the Italian masterpiece.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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