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6.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 6 Ratings

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Metascore
49

Mixed or average reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 16
  2. Negative: 2 out of 16
  1. 70
    First-time director Chen Shi-Zheng shows great sensitivity to the pressure and isolation felt by Chinese brains at American universities, and the relationship between Liu and Quinn provides a rare look at the intellectual serfdom of graduate study.
  2. Reviewed by: Zack Haddad
    60
    This is a great film, to a point. Unfortunately the ending doesn't deliver, making the entire feature an exercise is wasted potential. But maybe that's the point.
  3. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    50
    Never fully succeeds in burrowing under its protagonist's skin, despite conspicuous effort.