|Zeitgeist Films | Release Date: July 1, 2005||CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION|
On a first viewing, the movie seemed a dilution of the formal strategies Jia had perfected-at once less dispassionate and less empathetic. After a repeat viewing, it still strikes me as Jia's fourth-best film (that it's one of the year's best says plenty about the level at which he's working), but it's more apparent that The Worl d's muffled emotional impact should be understood as a function of its setting. Read full review
It's a fine film, full of small epiphanies.
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