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8.1

Universal acclaim- based on 10 Ratings

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  1. Jan 1, 2013
    6
    It's a pretty standard documentary that gives you all the necessary information about Weiwei's past, why he's important, what his methods are, how he functions in China, and so on. But that's all you get here: facts, explanations and the artist's inscrutable, bearded face. At one point we learn that even though Weiwei is married, he has a son with another woman. "It happens," he explainsIt's a pretty standard documentary that gives you all the necessary information about Weiwei's past, why he's important, what his methods are, how he functions in China, and so on. But that's all you get here: facts, explanations and the artist's inscrutable, bearded face. At one point we learn that even though Weiwei is married, he has a son with another woman. "It happens," he explains reluctantly. We never get to hear the women talk about that. The film always maintains a respectful distance from its subject, and while it tells a story that absolutely had to be told, this neutral style makes the experience much less engaging than it could have been. Collapse
  2. Nov 20, 2012
    6
    Ai Weiwei is an internationally acclaimed Chinese artist-activist who is provocatively condemning his motherland government for grave social underbellies (in light of an unbalanced economy acceleration) as corruption nonfeasance and misfeasance among officials, systematic injustice, moral languor and freedom repression (a focal point is the aftermath of Wenchuan earthquake in 2008, whoseAi Weiwei is an internationally acclaimed Chinese artist-activist who is provocatively condemning his motherland government for grave social underbellies (in light of an unbalanced economy acceleration) as corruption nonfeasance and misfeasance among officials, systematic injustice, moral languor and freedom repression (a focal point is the aftermath of Wenchuan earthquake in 2008, whose casualties are over 80,000, among which are many children stayed inside shoddily-built school buildings) and valiantly spearheading (not the least in the artist field) a new wave of self-awakening among his fellow compatriots, which has promptly wrought government Expand
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81

Universal acclaim - based on 28 Critics

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  1. Positive: 24 out of 28
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  1. Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    Aug 16, 2012
    75
    The best artists - the ones whose work endures and matters and changes the world - are often troublemakers who challenge the status quo. Out of their defiance comes art. Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, director Alison Klayman's riveting documentary of the esteemed Chinese sculptor/painter/iconoclast, is practically a handbook on social rebellion.
  2. 88
    Ai Weiwei comes off as a man on a singular mission: to record the life around him before it is erased or distorted by a repressive government terrified by the smallest sign of nonconformity. His primary weapons: video cameras and Twitter.
  3. Reviewed by: Kerry Lengel
    Aug 9, 2012
    90
    The metaphor is plain yet elegant: Ai is the clever cat busily devising ways to push through the barriers physical, cultural, mental -- that make humans less than free. And in China, of course, the biggest of those barriers is the one-party state.