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  • Summary: The story of two teenagers who endeavor to share a highly valued bicycle after a dispute over its ownership.
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 20
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  1. 100
    With this masterful, flawless film, Xiaoshuai emerges in the front ranks of China's now numerous, world-renowned filmmakers.
  2. 80
    Even without its bleak and affecting story, Beijing Bicycle would work beautifully as a travelogue alone.
  3. At times, the film meanders from its course and loses dramatic focus. But it's vividly acted and creatively directed.
  4. 60
    Had Xiaoshuai trusted audience sympathies to stay with a slightly more forceful character, he'd likely have crafted the heart tugger that the film aims to be.
  5. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    60
    Wang's film offers an interesting look at the rapidly changing face of Beijing.
  6. Reviewed by: Jesse Hamlin
    50
    Moderately engaging tale.
  7. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    40
    Overplays its slim hand by a good two reels.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 19
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 19
  3. Negative: 3 out of 19
  1. Michael
    Oct 2, 2005
    9
    First, this is a film, not a movie. Second, it is very well done and provides far more than worthy entertainment, it is informative, intelligent and thought provoking. Third, for me, it helps me get closer to my home away from home. I spend 3 to 4 months each year in Beijing for business over the course of about 4 trips. I have done so for several years. This is by far my favorite film about Chinese life in the major cities. However, it does require intelligence to understand the film. It also requires experience in China to recognize some subtleties. My only dissappointment is that I wish it had developed more the story of class difference - I think it missd some great opportunities that would have provided real insight for westerners who are interested in China as it goes through its current transition into capitalism, but have not had real opportunity to examine it either on location or other means. As a story in itself, it is clealy influenced by other films, but quite frankly, every movie I have ever seen is influenced by something that preceded it. This is a wonderful film. Expand
  2. CharlieC.
    Nov 19, 2006
    0
    Lordy, lordy..... it was like watching a really bad soap opera. In all movies the viewer is required at some point to simply "believe" and enjoy. A this clunker progressed there was less and less to believe. Bad beyond bad. Watch it only if you think you are going to live forever and therefore feel you can afford to waste over 90 minutes of your time on earth. Expand

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