Caught in the Web (2013)



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This contemporary ensemble drama centers around the story of a young woman, who after learning of a terminal illness, is caught on video mistreating an elderly bus passenger. She quickly becomes the victim of a massive viral internet campaign, with her life, and the lives of everyone around her, slipping into chaos and media scrutiny. A social commentary about the 'sound bite' society we are becoming, it is a moving tale of the effects media and technology have on the truth, and the damage quick judgments can cause. (c) Level
Art House & International , Drama
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Gao Yuanyuan
as Ye Lanqiu
Mark Chao
as Yang Shoucheng
Hong Chen
as Mo Xiaoyu
Yao Chen
as Chen Ruoxi
Xueqi Wang
as Shen Liushu
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All Critics (13) | Top Critics (9)

In this fast-moving, densely plotted black dramedy, a faux scandal raised by an ambitious web TV editor comes close to destroying a number of lives, offering a masterful panorama on urban, middle class China.

Full Review… | June 8, 2016
Hollywood Reporter
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Caught in the Web is an unpleasant cudgel of a film -- dour, moralistic and eager to thump.

Full Review… | June 8, 2016
Los Angeles Times
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There's a stiffness to the actors' performances that reinforces the film's ambiguous tone. And Chen's use of jump cuts is jarring and arbitrary, their ubiquity upping the ante on the film's already tiring hyperactivity.

Full Review… | June 8, 2016
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Gao Yuanyuan makes for a sympathetic heroine, but the satire has little punch and not much wit, and too much of the film consists of people talking about how they feel about things.

Full Review… | January 2, 2014
San Francisco Chronicle
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This isn't a success, but it has insight and energy.

Full Review… | December 12, 2013
Chicago Reader
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A sappy mix of issue drama, social satire, and tragic romance ...

Full Review… | December 11, 2013
AV Club
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Audience Reviews for Caught in the Web

Good story, with great delivery of Xueqi Wang of his character. Only the twists & turns look dragging with sometimes inconsistent film tone.


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