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  • Summary: Focusing on a Chinese theatrical troupe in 1979, this film follows a group of performing artists who change with the cultural and political changes in their country.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. 100
    One of the richest films of the past decade.
  2. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    80
    Thoughtful, melancholy drama.
  3. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    80
    Expansive and undeniably brilliant.
  4. 75
    Awesome filmmaking. But it doesn't make for easy film-watching.
  5. The movie makes up in sweep and splendor what it lacks in psychological depth and dramatic impact.
  6. An intellectually engaging movie. But Mr. Jia's careful objectivity and regard for material detail are not matched by narrative rigor.
  7. After lulling us into a neartorpor, Jia sneaks in one of the most gut-punching endings in recent memory.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1