Metascore
58

Mixed or average reviews - based on 6 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. 70
    In spite of its raw, explicit moments, the film is at heart a sturdy morality tale about innocence and corruption, wealth and want, sex and power.
  2. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    70
    Money (and maybe a little bit of love) makes the world go around in Lost in Beijing, an involving, highly accessible portrait of an emotional menage a quatre in the modern-day Chinese capital.
  3. Part soap opera, part sitcom and part relocated French farce.
  4. The script by first-time director Li Yu and producer Fang Li introduces some degree of subtlety in the responses of the four principals, but the plot doesn't really hold up.
  5. 50
    The story is contrived. Would you believe a high-rise window-washer just happening to be cleaning the window of the room where, at that very moment, his wife is being raped by her boss? Didn't think so.
  6. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    50
    The prevalent shooting style is monotonous naturalism, as the camera buzzes between contentious actors and trolls after anything on the move. No performance registers quite so much as the capital city itself.
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  1. ChadS.
    May 26, 2008
    6
    Lin Dong(Tony Leung Ka Fai) rapes Ping Guo(Bingbing Fan), but "Lost in Beijing" doesn't hold it against him. The foot massage parlour owner is given some leeway, because he's not the one who initiates the sexual encounter. Ping Guo might've been drunk, but she sobers up just in time. She reneges; he proceeds, nevertheless. All the parties involved, however, decide on downgrading Lin Dong's misadventure from rape to a one night stand. "Lost in Beijing" is dishonest for not addressing the boss' moral mishap after An Kun(Dawei Tong) and his wife's rapist reach a settlement. "Lost in Beijing" looks like an unintentional black comedy, as the rapist helps his victim throughout her pregnancy. When the baby is born, Lin Dong turns out to be a doting father. He even becomes an object of sympathy after the baby's whereabouts is in question. He's a worried and concerned father, too. Even Ping Guo herself seems unaware that she'd been sexually violated. She never tells An Kun what transpired before he saw her body in rhythm with her boss. That's because Lin Dong says she had an orgasm. She enjoyed the sex, so it wasn't rape. Because Ping Guo is silent, she seems to agree. "Lost in Beijing" has the same mentality as the Irish fathers who sent their "soiled" daughters to the Catholic-run sweat shop in Peter Mullan's "The Magdalene Sisters". Full Review »