Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry
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Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry is the first feature-length film about the internationally renowned Chinese artist and activist, Ai Weiwei. In recent years, Ai has garnered international attention as much for his ambitious artwork as his political provocations. From 2008 to 2010, Beijing-based journalist and filmmaker Alison Klayman gained unprecedented access to Ai Weiwei. Klayman documented Ai's artistic process in preparation for major museum exhibitions, his intimate exchanges with family members and his increasingly public clashes with the Chinese government. Klayman's detailed portrait of… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A fascinating portrait of a modern artist and activist trying to make a difference within China's repressive political system."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Affable and unpretentious, Ai comes across as a cagey operator whose candor is very appealing."
‑ Mary Abbe, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"To say Ai Weiwei is an interesting character is an understatement. He is an unconventional social activist and a thorn in the side of the authoritarian Chinese Communist Party."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"Klayman never demonizes the authoritarian Chinese government, as her purpose seems to be to show how difficult it is to be a rebel in such a closed society as China."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Alison Klayman's remarkable film about China's leading 'digital dissident' fully illustrates the talents of a man who often does the opposite of what you'd expect."
‑ Graham Young, Birmingham Post
"The film's recurring theme is of an artist on a perpetual hunt for transparency, in his country and abroad."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"It's likely to change the way you think about art and politics and the state of China today."
‑ Tirdad Derakhshani, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Ai Weiwei is such a laid back, calm and yet mischievous spirit that the film takes on a whole different, almost joyous tone."
‑ Brian Holcomb, Kinetofilm
"A compelling documentary that explodes proper and stuffy notions of what a foreign intellectual dissident looks and sounds like."
‑ Brent Simon, Shared Darkness
"... straightforward, entertaining and provocative documentary about the titular Chinese artist"
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"A movie that somehow mixes apprehension for Ai with a feeling of warmth and, certainly, fun."
‑ John Anderson, Newsday
"Using archival footage dating back to Ai's adventures in the New York art world in his 20s, Klayman traces his evolution as a creator and as an activist."
‑ Kerry Lengel, Arizona Republic
"The film is about the power and limits of art."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"The struggle for free speech in China is given sharp, sobering, disturbing voice through the struggles of cutting edge, digitally savvy, Twitter-loving artist Ai Weiwei."
‑ Jim Schembri, 3AW
"Even if you don't like documentaries as a rule, I'm betting you'll like Ai Weiwei himself so much that you'll be glad you took the time to get to know him through this film."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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