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Last Train Home Reviews

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September 21, 2010
The Zhangs' story is only one among millions, and Fan's portrait serves equally as an indictment of a social and industrial system.
October 14, 2010
Last Train Home suggests that the times they are a-changin'. The rulers of China may someday regret that they distributed the works of Marx so generously.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
March 12, 2010
Lixin's approach in the film has been to withhold direct commentary, either in the form of narration or on-screen interviews with her subjects.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 1, 2010
Absolutely fascinating for fans of cultural anthropology.
November 5, 2010
Last Train Home will tug at your heartstrings as it opens your eyes, but it also will make you feel incredibly lucky and more than a little spoiled.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 10, 2010
Director Lixin Fan gives a heartbreaking human voice to the downside of China's economic upside -- causing us to question the intrinsic worth of ambition, be it individual, societal or national.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
October 22, 2010
It's vivid and revealing, but it's also tough to watch.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 2, 2010
stunning, hypnotic
| Original Score: 4.5/5
February 26, 2011
A moving film that succeeds both on a macro level and as a portrait of a single family struggling with problems both universal and specific to their time and place.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
November 5, 2010
Last Train Home finds a kind of desperate poetry in the hardships of the annual trip home...
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
May 9, 2011
Lixin Fan's amazingly intimate account could only be made with almost unlimited and unrestrained access -- a privilege that isn't abused and one that pays dividends for us in many ways.
October 21, 2010
Lixin Fan, handling his own cinematography, shoots with such a painterly eye that he almost undermines the social critique he's making.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 30, 2010
A raw compassionate spotlight on the ways in which public policy can impact on the personal lives of people. But what may have provided more clarity is what we don't see, the factory owners who curiously escape the otherwise uncompromising camera's eye.
October 22, 2010
An extraordinary debut film... uncomfortably powerful and direct in its indictment of an entire way of living that the wealthier parts of the world take for granted.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
October 15, 2010
It's a fascinating, heartbreaking attempt to capture the overwhelming hugeness, and harsh growing pains of China's exploding economy, by focusing on one family.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 31, 2011
A startling and absolutely superb masterpiece of a documentary ...
March 19, 2010
On the one hand this is a very personal tale of one family's struggle to make the best of trying circumstances, on the other it is a stinging indictment on a political and economic structure that is stretching families to breaking point.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 18, 2010
A poignant documentary that puts a human face on the plight of 130 million migrant workers in China who are pawns in the global marketplace.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 1, 2010
I used to hate traveling and all the hassles it entails but after watching the arduous plight of so many millions who just want to go home to be with family, I feel as if I walked a mile in their shoes.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
August 31, 2010
Last Train Home is an intimate portrait of an unfathomable immensity, focusing on a single family caught up in the world's largest mass migration.
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