Beijing Bicycle Synopsis
A messenger (Cui Lin) reclaims his stolen bike from a roughneck (Li Bin).
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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...
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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...
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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

By
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

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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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Rated PG-13 | For Some Violence and Brief Nudity
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Common Sense Media says OK for kids 13+ Great tale of two boys' struggle over a bicycle.
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