Blind Shaft Synopsis
Two men lure migrants to work in China's illegal mines, then murder them.
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90

The New York Times

By A.O. Scott
Deftly swings to a spartan, engrossing climax, and the final twists spell out what the murderers are made of and the setting responsible...
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90

Village Voice

By J. Hoberman
Blind Shaft means to leave the viewer dazed, and it does.
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88

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
A brilliantly spare and poignant tragicomedy that projects such savage self-criticism of China's "economic miracle" that the film has been...
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80

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
Powerful stuff from writer-director Li Yang that's both an uncompromising indictment of the human cost of China's evolving market economy...
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Blind Shaft, a well-acted and well-produced film, is a quiet though searing indictment of contemporary China.
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80

Los Angeles Times

By Manohla Dargis
Makes for gripping, merciless drama.
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75

Chicago Tribune

The lead actors, Li Yixiang and Wang Shuangbao, are completely believable, sucking us into their casually cruel world.
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75

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Variously been described as a thriller, a muckraking exposé and even a satire -- and its refusal to fit neatly into a genre is only...
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Carla Meyer
Good storytelling.
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75

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Less striking for its storyline than for the world it presents -- a rural moonscape of coal-dust, casual environmental disaster, and...
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BLIND SHAFT = Realistic Suspenser

By lugubriousthespian
Quietly compelling story of two migrant miners in the outer reaches of China who lure unsuspecting, naive youths to their doom by claiming them as relatives then collecting their life insurance money...

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