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Quitting Reviews

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Richard James Havis
Hollywood Reporter
February 26, 2003
Formally ambitious and emotionally engaging.
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
December 13, 2002
It helps that the central performers are experienced actors, and that they know their roles so well.
| 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
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
November 22, 2002
Intriguing in concept ... [and] just as compelling in execution.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 15, 2002
A brave experiment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Patrick Z. McGavin
Chicago Tribune
November 14, 2002
Daring and beautifully made.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
November 1, 2002
Less than fresh.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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.
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
October 11, 2002
It further declares its director, Zhang Yang of Shower, as a boldly experimental, contemporary stylist with a bright future.
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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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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
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
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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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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
September 13, 2002
Zhang ... has done an amazing job of getting realistic performances from his mainly nonprofessional cast.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
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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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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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
September 12, 2002
A probing and universal contemporary drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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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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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
September 10, 2002
Straightforward yet opaque and uncompromising piece of work.