Caught in the Web
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This contemporary ensemble drama centers around the story of a young woman, who after learning of a terminal illness, is caught on video mistreating an elderly bus passenger. She quickly becomes the victim of a massive viral internet campaign, with her life, and the lives of everyone around her, slipping into chaos and media scrutiny. A social commentary about the 'sound bite' society we are becoming, it is a moving tale of the effects media and technology have on the truth, and the damage quick judgments can cause. (c) Level

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 9%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Gao Yuanyuan makes for a sympathetic heroine, but the satire has little punch and not much wit, and too much of the film consists of people talking about how they feel about things."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"The director goes after both old-media exploitation and new-media omnipresence, and the result is less than cutting."
‑ David Fear, Time Out New York
"This is a fascinating concept for a film, but it's not executed particularly well. It seems ripe for a fresh perspective, which, sadly, does not say much about the movie itself."
‑ Anders Wright, San Diego Union-Tribune
"Caught In The Web has just a little too much in common with the shallow, slick world it's ostensibly critiquing."
‑ Nathan Rabin, The Dissolve
"This isn't a success, but it has insight and energy."
‑ Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader
"A messy collision of strained portrayals, semi-comic incidents and tear-jerking tactics."
‑ Nicolas Rapold, New York Times
"...given the film's glossy sheen, Kaige is interested in a more populist "I'm ok, you're ok, technology is the devil" message."
‑ Gabe Toro, The Playlist
"The film opts for didactic resolution instead of fully committing to the contradictions in identity and agency its main character embodies."
‑ David Lee Dallas, Slant Magazine
"A sappy mix of issue drama, social satire, and tragic romance ..."
‑ Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, AV Club
"Caught in the Web finds director Chen Kaige vainly stumbling about in search of a tone or point."
‑ Nick Schager, Village Voice
"Knotty plot, slick production, attractive cast and abrupt tone shift impress for better and worse."
‑ Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International
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