Big Shot's Funeral
Big Shot's Funeral (2003)

An American movie maker famous for living large wants to die in his own unique manner -- which turns out to be harder to pull off than anyone expected -- in this offbeat comedy from Chinese director Feng Xiaogang. Don Tyler (Donald… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: January 17, 2003
DVD Release Date: April 15, 2003
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

By American standards, the satire is about 50 years behind the times, but even accounting for cultural differences, the comedy is limp and the storytelling so inept as to provoke amazement.

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David Cornelius

Funeral is a wild shot at the sheer gaudiness of both advertising and entertainment, and more often than not, it's right on target.

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Rich Cline
Film Threat

Much of this is way over the top, irritating and entertaining in equal measure.

Gregory Weinkauf

A twisted farce, a touching character study, a bridge around the world; I love it.

Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

There's been a glut of movies lately that feature a film within a film, a conceit that is already tiresome enough. But this Chinese-American co-production is so poorly executed, with such a lack of subtlety, it's one of the worst.

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Rob Blackwelder

Problematic but passably enjoyable, the appeal of Big Shot's Funeral may be more a matter of taste than quality.

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Jamie Gillies
Apollo Guide

Western audiences will have no idea that this is meant to be funny.

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Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune

A frenetic satire of Hollywood pretension and Chinese capitalism -- an idea as incongruous as a Woody Allen romp about the wacky world of collective farming.

Jamie Russell

Fast disintegrates into a series of semi-coherent scenes.

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