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  • Summary: A harrowing account of disillusioned young people living in China. (New Yorker Films)
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  1. 90
    Unknown Pleasures suggests a coolly formalist reinvention of neorealism. The film is both distanced and immediate -- a fiction with the force of documentary.
  2. 75
    A stunning study of ennui.
  3. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    70
    There's a telling disjunction between the dismal lives of Jia's characters and the optimism of China's officially sunny advance into the 21st century, and their helplessness often becomes a pathetic pantomime.
  4. 60
    Perhaps the world doesn't need another picture on disaffected youth, but Pleasures is about more than alienation.
  5. This sequel to Jia's excellent 1997 drama "Xiao Wu" is less original and absorbing than its predecessor, and less visually impressive than "Platform," his 2000 look at Chinese sociopolitical change.
  6. The story goes nowhere...We don't understand the motivation of the characters.
  7. 25
    The film drags and lingers and goes more or less nowhere, imitating its protagonists' lives so exactly that you want to give them both a good smack.

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