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Quitting Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 15, 2002
A brave experiment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Eric D. Snider
September 20, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jeanne Aufmuth
September 15, 2002
The fetid underbelly of fame has never looked uglier.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Joshua Tanzer
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
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
September 12, 2002
The best drug addition movies are usually depressing but rewarding. Quitting, however, manages just to be depressing, as the lead actor phones in his autobiographical performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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John Patterson
L.A. Weekly
September 12, 2002
Whether Quitting will prove absorbing to American audiences is debatable.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
September 19, 2002
Once he starts learning to compromise with reality enough to become comparatively sane and healthy, the film becomes predictably conventional.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
October 10, 2002
Unfortunately, the experience of actually watching the movie is less compelling than the circumstances of its making.
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
November 1, 2002
Less than fresh.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4

September 20, 2002
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Warren Curry
September 20, 2002
Qutting may be a flawed film, but it is nothing if not sincere.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mark R. Leeper
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: high +1 out of -4..+4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
September 12, 2002
An unusual and compelling Chinese film about the loving interventions of a father and mother whose oldest son is a drug addict.
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
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
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
September 10, 2002
Straightforward yet opaque and uncompromising piece of work.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
September 12, 2002
If Mr. Zhang's subject matter is, to some degree at least, quintessentially American, his approach to storytelling might be called Iranian.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Jan Stuart
September 13, 2002
If you're not totally weirded- out by the notion of cinema as community-therapy spectacle, Quitting hits home with disorienting force.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
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
Adam Nayman
December 2, 2002
The asylum material is gripping, as are the scenes of Jia with his family.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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