Shiqi sui de dan che 2001

Critics score:
63 / 100

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Glenn Lovell, San Jose Mercury News: Thoughtful and exhilarating. Read more

Chris Fujiwara, Boston Globe: [Wang's] reliance on sugarcoated music and his trite use of slow motion show that his heart lies in making undemanding fluff for the world market. Read more

Marta Barber, Miami Herald: Fails to deliver either a social message or a good story. Read more

Susan Stark, Detroit News: This film puts Wang at the forefront of China's Sixth Generation of film makers. Read more

Gene Seymour, Newsday: The tug-of-war at the core of Beijing Bicycle becomes weighed down with agonizing contrivances, overheated pathos and long, wistful gazes. Read more

Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times: An uneven but intriguing drama that is part homage and part remake of the Italian masterpiece. Read more

Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times: With this masterful, flawless film, [Wang] emerges in the front ranks of China's now numerous, world-renowned filmmakers. Read more

Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle: An artful yet depressing film that makes a melodramatic mountain out of the molehill of a missing bike. Read more

Steven Rosen, Denver Post: Well before it's over, Beijing Bicycle begins spinning its wheels. Read more

Rick Groen, Globe and Mail: Make no mistake, [Wang's] camera is saying, and don't be deceived by the Communist rhetoric -- this city is as class-ridden as any in the West. Read more

A.O. Scott, New York Times: At once somber and mysterious, comical and sad. It shows just how lonely a crowded city can be. Read more

Jesse Hamlin, San Francisco Chronicle: This is a moderately engaging tale. Read more

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Read more

Peter Howell, Toronto Star: With Beijing Bicycle, Wang has crafted a picturesque morality tale that slyly depicts the hopelessness of communism while pointing up the essential similarities between people of all classes. Read more

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Michael Atkinson, Village Voice: Wang mistakes affectless storytelling and character conception for rigor, and as a result huge portions of Beijing Bicycle are dull and repetitive. Read more

Desson Thomson, Washington Post: This Chinese movie suffers a flat tire about halfway through. Read more