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  • Summary: Explores one man's journey, from the cutting edge of China's artistic movement in the early 90's, through a period of conflict with himself and his parents, to a mental institution and finally to the quest to rediscover himself and his family. (Sony Pictures Classics)
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. The total effect is mesmerizing, an eye-opening tour of modern Beijing culture in a journey of rebellion, retreat into oblivion and return.
  2. Daring and beautifully made, Zhang Yang's Quitting plays like a Chinese "Rebel Without a Cause."
  3. With Quitting, he (Zhang) has removed sentimentality from the theme and presented it with unflinching honesty, a quality he shares with his fearless cast.
  4. 63
    It is a brave experiment, based on life and using actors who play themselves, but it buys into the whole false notion that artists are somehow too brilliant to be sober.
  5. 60
    Because Quitting admits its basic falsehood up front, the film is never emotionally affecting, but Jia's participation in this confrontation of his past shows remarkable courage and honesty, especially when his behavior doesn't inspire much sympathy.
  6. 50
    Whether Quitting will prove absorbing to American audiences is debatable: After all, it's not like we don't have enough rehab stories of our own, and Jia often comes across as a sullen, unreachable brat.
  7. Unfortunately, the experience of actually watching the movie is less compelling than the circumstances of its making.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. RianneM.
    Nov 9, 2005
    10
    This is such a beautiful movie, the music, the drama.
  2. PatC.
    Feb 6, 2007
    9
    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. Expand

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