75

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
At times, the film meanders from its course and loses dramatic focus. But it's vividly acted and creatively directed.
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75

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
Beijing Bicycle is a good film that owes a huge debt to a better film. And that, of course, is Vittorio De Sica's "The Bicycle Thief."
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Wang's young actors are impressively natural, and his documentary-style camerawork captures the rhythms and cacophony of the big city, all its crazy-quilt comings and goings.
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75

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
The movie is filled with sweetly funny moments, but its exposure of class, income and cultural differences makes it an uneasy charmer right up to its violent denouement.
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63

Miami Herald

By Marta Barber
Though beautiful at times, it doesn't reach the level of poetry of either de Sica's "Thief" or Lou's "River."
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60

Film Threat

There's a natural authenticity to the film that makes it intensely watchable, even though it's repetitive and slightly underwritten.
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60

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
Wang's film offers an interesting look at the rapidly changing face of Beijing.
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50

Boston Globe

Hard, gleaming images and an oblique storytelling style come to Wang the way the bike comes to Jian -- secondhand.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

Moderately engaging tale.
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50

Austin Chronicle

By Marrit Ingman
The film is often quietly humorous.
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61 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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