• Released
  • March 28, 2003
  • NR , 1 hr 53 min
  • Drama
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Unknown Pleasures Synopsis
Two unemployed slackers (Zhao Wei Wei, Wu Qiong) try to relate to women.
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Village Voice

By J. Hoberman
Unknown Pleasures suggests a coolly formalist reinvention of neorealism. The film is both distanced and immediate -- a fiction with the...
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New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
A stunning study of ennui.
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TV Guide

By Ken Fox
There's a telling disjunction between the dismal lives of Jia's characters and the optimism of China's officially sunny advance into the...
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The A.V. Club

By Scott Tobias
Much like his overrated 2000 opus "Platform," Unknown Pleasures spends more energy fussing over the backdrop than on the poor souls...
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
There are several small, startling moments of insight hidden amid the long, slow stretches of listlessness. But the balance is slightly...
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The New York Times

By A.O. Scott
Perhaps the world doesn't need another picture on disaffected youth, but Pleasures is about more than alienation.
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Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
This sequel to Jia's excellent 1997 drama "Xiao Wu" is less original and absorbing than its predecessor, and less visually impressive than...
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San Francisco Chronicle

By C.W. Nevius
The story goes nowhere...We don't understand the motivation of the characters.
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By David Rooney
As lethargic as the characters it portrays, the film requires greater staying power than many audiences will possess.
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Portland Oregonian

By Shawn Levy
The film drags and lingers and goes more or less nowhere, imitating its protagonists' lives so exactly that you want to give them both a...
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Rated NR