A Touch of Sin Synopsis
Four outcasts on the edges of a rapidly changing China channel their rage into a bloody rampage.
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Slant Magazine

By Chris Cabin
As depicted by Jia Zhang-ke, the balance between the spoils and moral rot of murder are far preferable to the debasing rigors of tradition...
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The New York Times

By Manohla Dargis
A blistering fictionalized tale straight out of China, A Touch of Sin is at once monumental and human scale.
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90

NPR

By Mark Jenkins
A Touch of Sin is the most dramatic and even lurid of writer-director Jia Zhangke's movies. The film-festival star hasn't quite become a...
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90

Film.com

By Calum Marsh
Part of what’s so invigorating about A Touch of Sin is its refusal to betray the depth of its intellectual ambition, deferring when needed...
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Bill Stamets
A Touch of Sin is humanist critique of the country’s turn to capitalism.
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80

The Dissolve

By Scott Tobias
A Touch Of Sin stumbles in the coda, which makes the themes embedded in its title too explicit, but it’s a bold, invigorating statement...
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80

Time Out New York

By Keith Uhlich
There’s a sense that all the thematic messiness is intentional, a way for Jia to diagnose the ills of a country whose economic and social...
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80

The Telegraph

By Robbie Collin
[A] stately and ambitious ensemble drama.
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Village Voice

By Stephanie Zacharek
In A Touch of Sin, Jia is attuned to, and saddened by, the violence he sees creeping through his country, caused at least partly by the...
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60

Variety

By Justin Chang
There’s a certain pleasure to be had in seeing a revered auteur go off the disreputable deep end, and there’s no denying A Touch of Sin...
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By harveyinewman719
Soulful film with Chinese characters with which westerners can identify, yet it presents a unique contemporary Chinese angst....

Overrated

By Culture Dude
The fuss over this movie is beyond me. The storyline is incoherent. Despite a promising, dramatic start, it's as if a bunch of film students cobbled together a script. If this movie wasn't from...