Caught in the Web Image
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  • Summary: The story begins on a bus, when white-collar worker Ye refuses to give up her seat to a senior citizen. Her defiance is videotaped by a journalist intern and played during a news show. The video sparks intense debate on and off the Internet. Some Internet users search for Ye's personal information and post it all online. The issue soon brings tremendous changes to the families of both the journalist intern and Ye's boss. Expand
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 11
  2. Negative: 5 out of 11
  1. Reviewed by: Deborah Young
    Dec 5, 2013
    90
    In this fast-moving, densely plotted black dramedy, a faux scandal raised by an ambitious web TV editor comes close to destroying a number of lives, offering a masterful panorama on urban, middle class China.
  2. Reviewed by: Gabe Toro
    Dec 9, 2013
    50
    Caught In The Web grows slack as its premise evolves.
  3. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Jan 4, 2014
    50
    Caught in the Web is of little interest as entertainment, and if it were set in an unimportant or overly familiar country, it would be entirely forgettable.
  4. Reviewed by: Nathan Rabin
    Nov 26, 2013
    40
    The screenplay relies far too heavily on coincidences, misunderstandings, and characters purposefully not saying things for reasons rooted in plot contrivances rather than clear motivation.
  5. Reviewed by: Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
    Dec 11, 2013
    33
    Since making an ill-fated attempt at Hollywood with 2002’s "Killing Me Softly," Chen Kaige has slipped further and further out of relevance. Now even his elegant sense of style — the one thing keeping later efforts like "Forever Enthralled" afloat — seems to be slipping away. Case in point: Chen’s new film, Caught In The Web.
  6. Reviewed by: Inkoo Kang
    Dec 10, 2013
    30
    Chen's grand opus about the perils of the Internet already feels obsolete.
  7. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Nov 26, 2013
    20
    Amid much overacting, Kaige addresses the subjectivity and unreliability of images through this-isn't-what-it-looks-like scenarios that would make Jack Tripper groan.

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