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[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.
This film puts Wang at the forefront of China's Sixth Generation of film makers.
The tug-of-war at the core of Beijing Bicycle becomes weighed down with agonizing contrivances, overheated pathos and long, wistful gazes.
An uneven but intriguing drama that is part homage and part remake of the Italian masterpiece.
Los Angeles Times:
With this masterful, flawless film, [Wang] emerges in the front ranks of China's now numerous, world-renowned filmmakers.
An artful yet depressing film that makes a melodramatic mountain out of the molehill of a missing bike.
Well before it's over, Beijing Bicycle begins spinning its wheels.
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.
New York Times:
At once somber and mysterious, comical and sad. It shows just how lonely a crowded city can be.
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.
Wang mistakes affectless storytelling and character conception for rigor, and as a result huge portions of Beijing Bicycle are dull and repetitive.