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Quitting Reviews

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March 10, 2003
Bogs down badly as we absorb Jia's moody, bad-boy behavior which he portrays himself in a one-note performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
February 26, 2003
Formally ambitious and emotionally engaging.
December 16, 2002
Quitting offers piercing domestic drama with spikes of sly humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
December 13, 2002
It helps that the central performers are experienced actors, and that they know their roles so well.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
December 13, 2002
Presents a side of contemporary Chinese life that many outsiders will be surprised to know exists, and does so with an artistry that also smacks of revelation.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 12, 2002
... mesmerizing, an eye-opening tour of modern Beijing culture in a journey of rebellion, retreat into oblivion and return.
Full Review | Original Score: A
December 2, 2002
The asylum material is gripping, as are the scenes of Jia with his family.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 22, 2002
Ultimately engages less for its story of actorly existential despair than for its boundary-hopping formal innovations and glimpse into another kind of Chinese 'cultural revolution.'
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 22, 2002
A surprisingly touching film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
November 22, 2002
Intriguing in concept ... [and] just as compelling in execution.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 15, 2002
A brave experiment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 14, 2002
Daring and beautifully made.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 1, 2002
Less than fresh.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 11, 2002
If Quitting isn't worthy of affection exactly, it's worthy of respect, as director Zhang Yang plays with the structural elements of the story as well as notions of fiction and fact.
October 11, 2002
It further declares its director, Zhang Yang of Shower, as a boldly experimental, contemporary stylist with a bright future.
October 10, 2002
Unfortunately, the experience of actually watching the movie is less compelling than the circumstances of its making.
September 27, 2002
That dogged good will of the parents and 'vain' Jia's defoliation of ego, make the film touching despite some doldrums.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 20, 2002
Jia's performance is so unsparing and intense -- and the film so compassionate and chaste in its approach to a life lost and recovered -- that Quitting ultimately satisfies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 20, 2002
Quitting delivers a sucker-punch, and its impact is all the greater beause director Zhang's last film, the cuddly Shower, was a non-threatening multi-character piece centered around a public bath house.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 20, 2002
Qutting may be a flawed film, but it is nothing if not sincere.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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