Quitting Reviews

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August 7, 2008
December 6, 2005
July 16, 2005
March 10, 2003
February 26, 2003
Formally ambitious and emotionally engaging.
December 16, 2002
Quitting offers piercing domestic drama with spikes of sly humor.
December 13, 2002
It helps that the central performers are experienced actors, and that they know their roles so well.
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.
December 12, 2002
... mesmerizing, an eye-opening tour of modern Beijing culture in a journey of rebellion, retreat into oblivion and return.
December 2, 2002
The asylum material is gripping, as are the scenes of Jia with his family.
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.'
November 22, 2002
A surprisingly touching film.
November 22, 2002
Intriguing in concept ... [and] just as compelling in execution.
November 14, 2002
Daring and beautifully made.
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.
September 27, 2002
That dogged good will of the parents and 'vain' Jia's defoliation of ego, make the film touching despite some doldrums.
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.
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.
September 20, 2002
Qutting may be a flawed film, but it is nothing if not sincere.
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