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  • Summary: China is the first country to label “Internet addiction” a clinical disorder. With extraordinary intimacy, Web Junkie investigates a Beijing rehab center where Chinese teenagers are deprogrammed, focusing on three teens, their parents and the health professionals determined to help them kick their habit. Expand
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Reviewed by: Drew Taylor
    Jul 7, 2014
    91
    The specificity of the documentary, staying within the walls of the boot camp for virtually the entire movie, is one of its biggest strengths since it is able to place you right alongside these kids.
  2. Reviewed by: Katherine Vu
    Aug 5, 2014
    80
    The slow (albeit unevenly paced) unveiling of the boys' stories is persuasive and chilling.
  3. Reviewed by: Steve Macfarlane
    Aug 6, 2014
    75
    Without a frame of footage nor a single interview presented from outside the camp, the documentary shows a capitalist nightmare that accords its victims zero wiggle room.
  4. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    Jul 7, 2014
    70
    With filmmakers Shosh Shlam and Hilla Medalia granted extraordinary access to one facility, they make for a bizarre and entertaining documentary.
  5. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    Aug 7, 2014
    63
    Brief and timely, this documentary directed by Shosh Shlam and Hilla Medalia is also frustrating.
  6. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Aug 7, 2014
    60
    The film lacks either the immersive intensity that would galvanize emotions or a context that would provide enlightenment. Its brief tour of an unpleasant corner of reality feels less revelatory than voyeuristic.
  7. Reviewed by: Mike D'Angelo
    Aug 6, 2014
    58
    It’s clear that these kids have a genuine problem, and a more probing film might have questioned the cultural factors that contribute to it, as well as the efficacy of more or less kidnapping errant youths and trying to coerce them back into productivity. Web Junkie doesn’t do much probing, however.

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