• Release Date: Oct 22, 2003

Generally favorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: G. Allen Johnson
    It is a well-researched smorgasbord of newsreel and documentary footage spliced with current interviews with those on the front lines.
  2. Using newsreel footage, clips of artistic propaganda (e.g., joyful proletarian farm ballets), and interviews with survivors, the movie draws us into the annihilating fervor of an era in which purge followed upon purge, in escalating waves of terror and control.
  3. 90
    The story they are telling here is still in the process of being written. It's as good a sign as any of how absorbing Morning Sun is that the film's sudden ending makes you greedy for more.
  4. Reviewed by: Hua Hsu
    Gripping, relentlessly tragic retelling of life in revolutionary times.
  5. 75
    It's scary to see how one man can brainwash a gigantic nation, as Mao did.
  6. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    Informative and richly illustrated documentary.
  7. 70
    Does a thoughtful job of streamlining the bloody realities -- both literal and psychological -- of China's Cultural Revolution into roughly two hours of film.
  8. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    Admirably balanced production that pulls the curtain back slightly on a little-charted period of modern Chinese history.

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