• Released
  • December 2, 2011
  • (Limited 12/2)
  • NR , 1 hr 45 min
  • Art House/Foreign
    Drama
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Watching TV With the Red Chinese Synopsis
Three Chinese students in 1980 New York become captivated by American culture, especially TV.
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Boxoffice Magazine

By Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
So Watching TV is less a story loosely bound by cause and effect than a kind of scrapbook of memories, all of which convey the concerns of...
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60

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
This quirky indie has an off-kilter, shaggy appeal and a filling story.
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60

The New York Times

The film nicely captures the grad-student vibe: beer-fueled bull sessions about science, religion, probability and destiny; fragile,...
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40

Variety

By Ronnie Scheib
Watching TV feels fundamentally old-fashioned in its storytelling. Thesping is solid, particularly by O'Nan, Nam and Jacobs. But the...
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38

Slant Magazine

By Andrew Schenker
The first half of the film is a virtual compendium of high-culture references, topical concerns addressed almost in passing, and narrative...
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33

The A.V. Club

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Watching TV With The Red Chinese is based on a Luke Whisnant young-adult novel that co-writer/director Shimon Dotan (Diamond Dogs) seems to...
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30

Village Voice

By Nick Schager
Nearly every scene is clunky, and the film's commentary about TV as the unifying glue of American culture is embellished through lame...
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12

New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
Director-writer Shimon Dotan takes this iffy story and makes it nearly unwatchable by jumping back and forth in time, using screens within...
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Rated NR