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Beijing Bicycle Reviews

August 9, 2002
Read More | Original Score: B
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
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
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
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
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
March 1, 2002
This film puts Wang at the forefront of China's Sixth Generation of film makers.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
March 1, 2002
Well before it's over, Beijing Bicycle begins spinning its wheels.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 8, 2002
Too simple for its own good.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
February 7, 2002
This Chinese movie suffers a flat tire about halfway through.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 1, 2002
This is a moderately engaging tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
January 31, 2002
Thoughtful and exhilarating.
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
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.
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
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
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.