Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 11
  2. Negative: 5 out of 11
  1. Reviewed by: Deborah Young
    Dec 5, 2013
    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: Mick LaSalle
    Jan 4, 2014
    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.
  3. Reviewed by: Gabe Toro
    Dec 9, 2013
    Caught In The Web grows slack as its premise evolves.
  4. Reviewed by: David Lee Dallas
    Nov 26, 2013
    The film opts for didactic resolution instead of fully committing to the contradictions in identity and agency its main character embodies.
  5. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Nov 26, 2013
    No stranger to controversy, Fifth Generation Chinese filmmaker Chen Kaige (Farewell, My Concubine) has always taken his country to task over bureaucratic and social issues; here, the director goes after both old-media exploitation and new-media omnipresence, and the result is less than cutting.
  6. Reviewed by: Nathan Rabin
    Nov 26, 2013
    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.
  7. Reviewed by: Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
    Dec 11, 2013
    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.
  8. Reviewed by: Inkoo Kang
    Dec 10, 2013
    Chen's grand opus about the perils of the Internet already feels obsolete.
  9. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    Nov 26, 2013
    A messy collision of strained portrayals, semi-comic incidents and tear-jerking tactics.
  10. Reviewed by: Tomas Hachard
    Nov 27, 2013
    There's a stiffness to the actors' performances that reinforces the film's ambiguous tone. And Chen's use of jump cuts is jarring and arbitrary, their ubiquity upping the ante on the film's already tiring hyperactivity.
  11. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Nov 26, 2013
    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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