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24 City Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0
    75

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 100

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    The stories we hear in 24 City belong to its specific place, but they are universal.

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  • 60

    out of 100

    Variety Derek Elley

    Result is far more accessible than Jia's previous two pictures, with moments of genuine emotion by the real-life interviewees.

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  • 60

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

    The only thing might have added variety and richness to the film would be the inclusion of more dialogues or interactions with more than one person.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    Village Voice J. Hoberman

    Jia Zhangke is one of the world's preeminent filmmakers, an essentially contemplative director whose considerable talent is further amplified by the significance of his material--namely, everyday life in the most dynamic economy on earth.

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  • 90

    out of 100

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    The actors in 24 City bring their own existential realities to their short, touching performances. In the end, the deep emotions they stir up -- the actress Lv Liping delivers a harrowing story about a lost child -- constitute another kind of monument to the workers of Factory 420.

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  • 90

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    The new film, shot in vivid hi-def video, is part documentary and part fiction based on interviews; it uses on-camera interviews with workers, some played by themselves and some played by actors, to evoke a past of unimaginable toil, and suffering, in the service of the Communist state.

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