Sony Pictures Classics | Release Date: September 13, 2002
7.7
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Generally favorable reviews based on 6 Ratings
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PatC.Feb 6, 2007
A movie devoid of imaginative devices, but otherwise fully formed. A fine story, applicable in all cultures, of a youth asserting his own devices, but finding they can't improve on a sense of responsibility to his family.
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IanJul 17, 2003
This movie was a refreshing change from the glamourized star falls from grace movies that Hollywood turns out. Hollywood still holds an affection for drug use that tends to skew the stories towards a trite "the parties were great, but it all This movie was a refreshing change from the glamourized star falls from grace movies that Hollywood turns out. Hollywood still holds an affection for drug use that tends to skew the stories towards a trite "the parties were great, but it all ended in a crash" storyline, which does little justice to the reality of drug abuse. This story was very compelling, with Jia potraying his edge-of-insanity day to day existence well. The side story of his parent's helplessness in the face of his downward spiral also conveyed the realism of people trying to cope with a problem that is beyond their abilities to handle. I almost have to question whether or not those who gave the film a sub-70 rating actually watched the film or not. Reading the comments seems to indicate that, at the very least, the reviewers didn't bother to try and follow the subtleties of the story. A fresh, but not candy-coated, story. Expand
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RianneM.Nov 9, 2005
This is such a beautiful movie, the music, the drama.
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