Beijing Bicycle
Beijing Bicycle (2001)

Following up on his gritty 1998 drama So Close to Paradise, about life among the down and out in Shanghai, acclaimed "sixth generation" filmmaker Wang Xiaoshuai shifts gears with this lighthearted look at bicycles in modern-day… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: January 1, 2001
DVD Release Date: July 9, 2002
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Critic Score: 63% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though rather repetitive in its plot, Beijing Bicycle provides an interesting look at the economic and social changes that have occurred in China.

Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle

An artful yet depressing film that makes a melodramatic mountain out of the molehill of a missing bike.

Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

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.

Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Great tale of two boys' struggle over a bicycle.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

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.

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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

What's most unusual about Beijing Bicycle in terms of recent Chinese history is that any form of class conflict is depicted at all.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The film's hero is a bore and his innocence soon becomes a questionable kind of inexcusable dumb innocence.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

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.

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Marta Barber
Miami Herald

Fails to deliver either a social message or a good story.

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David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune

The story has its redundancies, and the young actors, not very experienced, are sometimes inexpressive.

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