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Last Train Home Reviews

January 4, 2011
Chinese-Canadian director Lixin Fan considers the social upheavals wrought by China's economic miracle.
November 11, 2010
Last Train Home is a harrowing experience. Don't expect to come out smiling.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
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
October 7, 2010
Fan's fly-on-the-wall perspective enables the viewer to empathize with all the players in the family drama, unlikely to have a happy ending.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 30, 2010
What else do you want? The question echoes down every frame of this haunting film, and Fan doesn't pretend to have an answer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 23, 2010
Lixin Fan's Last Train Home is a remarkable documentary that, by following a family of factory workers during a three-year period, says a lot about China and its difficult transition to economic powerhouse.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
September 17, 2010
It's depressing enough to watch this family's struggles with life. But their pain really hits home when you think that the pants you might be wearing could have contributed to it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 17, 2010
An expert, unobtrusive observer, Fan disappears inside his own film and allows us to get completely inside his subjects' lives.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
September 13, 2010
Fan's camera moves sinuously through these people's lives and gives a human face to a national panorama.
Full Review | Original Score: A
September 8, 2010
This is essential viewing for understanding our world.
Full Review | Original Score: A
September 3, 2010
Tells the story of a family caught, and possibly crushed, between the past and the future--a story that, on its own, is moving, even heartbreaking. Multiplied by 130 million, it becomes a terrifying and sobering panorama of the present.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
September 3, 2010
Last Train Home is a startling look at the devastating human cost of China's newfound embrace of capitalism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 2, 2010
Lixin plays up the atmospheric underclass misery in service of a beautifully shot, heartbreaking vérité narrative about generation gaps and culture clashes.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
September 1, 2010
Doing double duty as the film's cinematographer, Fan demonstrates a pitch-perfect photojournalistic eye.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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.
July 7, 2010
Helmed by Fan Lixin, who also takes credits as d.p. and co-editor, the pic laudably adopts an intimate, personal approach to a subject -- hardworking Chinese garment workers -- that's been covered in more hectoring fashion elsewhere.
February 26, 2010
Last Train Home stands as an impressive feature debut from the thirtysomething Lixin Fan and a harbinger of more great documentary cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4