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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Deborah Young
Hollywood Reporter

In this fast-moving, densely plotted black dramedy, a faux scandal raised by an ambitious web TV editor comes close to destroying a number of lives, offering a masterful panorama on urban, middle class China.

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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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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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Inkoo Kang
Los Angeles Times

Caught in the Web is an unpleasant cudgel of a film -- dour, moralistic and eager to thump.

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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader

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

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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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Tomas Hachard

There's a stiffness to the actors' performances that reinforces the film's ambiguous tone. And Chen's use of jump cuts is jarring and arbitrary, their ubiquity upping the ante on the film's already tiring hyperactivity.

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Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
AV Club

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

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Nathan Rabin
The Dissolve

Caught In The Web has just a little too much in common with the shallow, slick world it's ostensibly critiquing.

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