Beijing Bicycle
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A young man from rural China struggles to make good in Beijing in this drama, which suggests an updated and relocated variation on the neorealist classic Ladri di Biciclette. Guei (Cui Lin) is a teenager who arrives in the big city looking for work; he and a handful of other youngsters are hired as bicycle messengers, with their employer giving them new mountain bikes under the condition that they're paid ten yuan for each message they deliver, and the bicycles are theirs once they've made 58 trips. Guei discovers the job is not an easy one, as he deals with the complexity of the huge… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 63%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"An artful yet depressing film that makes a melodramatic mountain out of the molehill of a missing bike."
‑ Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle
"While Wang Xiaoshuai's film doesn't plumb the depths, nor resonate with the kind of profound irony of Vittoria De Sica's 1947 classic, it is nonetheless an affecting, poignant drama."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Great tale of two boys' struggle over a bicycle."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Beijing Bicycle is a subtle, beautifully made film and a seemingly good-natured social commentary on contemporary Beijing. Unfortunately, it's pretty boring."
‑ Liz Braun, Jam! Movies
"The story bogs down in a mess of purposeless violence."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"With Beijing Bicycle, Wang has crafted a picturesque morality tale that slyly depicts the hopelessness of communism while pointing up the essential similarities between people of all classes."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"What's most unusual about Beijing Bicycle in terms of recent Chinese history is that any form of class conflict is depicted at all."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"The film's hero is a bore and his innocence soon becomes a questionable kind of inexcusable dumb innocence."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Scenes of Guei clutching pathetically to the bike while Jian's buddies beat him up are played alternately as comedy and tragedy."
‑ Jason Anderson, eye WEEKLY
"A thinly veiled look at different aspects of Chinese life clashing with each other."
‑ Jon Popick, Planet Sick-Boy
"Make no mistake, [Wang's] camera is saying, and don't be deceived by the Communist rhetoric -- this city is as class-ridden as any in the West."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"Fails to deliver either a social message or a good story."
‑ Marta Barber, Miami Herald
"The story has its redundancies, and the young actors, not very experienced, are sometimes inexpressive."
‑ David Elliott, San Diego Union-Tribune
"This well-acted piece is of interest for its rather subtle examination of Chinese class distinctions."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"The tug of war that ensues is as much a snapshot of modern China in microcosm as it is a crash course in movie mythology."
‑ Duane Dudek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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