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Beijing Bicycle Reviews

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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
August 9, 2002
Read More | Original Score: B
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
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
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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.
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Marta Barber
Miami Herald
March 8, 2002
Fails to deliver either a social message or a good story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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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Susan Stark
Detroit News
March 1, 2002
This film puts Wang at the forefront of China's Sixth Generation of film makers.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
March 1, 2002
Well before it's over, Beijing Bicycle begins spinning its wheels.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
February 8, 2002
Too simple for its own good.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
February 7, 2002
This Chinese movie suffers a flat tire about halfway through.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Jesse Hamlin
San Francisco Chronicle
February 1, 2002
This is a moderately engaging tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Chris Fujiwara
Boston Globe
February 1, 2002
[Wang's] reliance on sugarcoated music and his trite use of slow motion show that his heart lies in making undemanding fluff for the world market.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
January 31, 2002
Thoughtful and exhilarating.
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
January 28, 2002
It tells a compelling story while making a devastating, entirely convincing argument about the corrosive effects of Chinese capitalism on traditional values and human dignity.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
January 25, 2002
The tug-of-war at the core of Beijing Bicycle becomes weighed down with agonizing contrivances, overheated pathos and long, wistful gazes.
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
January 24, 2002
With this masterful, flawless film, [Wang] emerges in the front ranks of China's now numerous, world-renowned filmmakers.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
January 24, 2002
At once somber and mysterious, comical and sad. It shows just how lonely a crowded city can be.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
January 22, 2002
Wang mistakes affectless storytelling and character conception for rigor, and as a result huge portions of Beijing Bicycle are dull and repetitive.