Caught in the Web
Caught in the Web (2013)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: December 6, 2013
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Critic Score: 9% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

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.

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David Fear
Time Out New York

The director goes after both old-media exploitation and new-media omnipresence, and the result is less than cutting.

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Anders Wright
San Diego Union-Tribune

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.

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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader

This isn't a success, but it has insight and energy.

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Nicolas Rapold
New York Times

A messy collision of strained portrayals, semi-comic incidents and tear-jerking tactics.

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Gabe Toro
The Playlist

...given the film's glossy sheen, Kaige is interested in a more populist "I'm ok, you're ok, technology is the devil" message.

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Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
AV Club

A sappy mix of issue drama, social satire, and tragic romance ...

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Nick Schager
Village Voice

Caught in the Web finds director Chen Kaige vainly stumbling about in search of a tone or point.

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Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International

Knotty plot, slick production, attractive cast and abrupt tone shift impress for better and worse.

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