Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry

27aiweiwei_span-thumbstandard This compelling documentary explores three years in the life of celebrated Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei, who uses social media and his art to inspire protests against the state, and suffers government persecution for his actions.
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A fascinating portrait of a modern artist and activist trying to make a difference within China's repressive political system.
Tom Long, Detroit News  full review
The film's recurring theme is of an artist on a perpetual hunt for transparency, in his country and abroad.
Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald  full review
A movie that somehow mixes apprehension for Ai with a feeling of warmth and, certainly, fun.
John Anderson, Newsday  full review
Affable and unpretentious, Ai comes across as a cagey operator whose candor is very appealing.
Mary Abbe, Minneapolis Star Tribune  full review
It's likely to change the way you think about art and politics and the state of China today.
Tirdad Derakhshani, Philadelphia Inquirer  full review
Using archival footage dating back to Ai's adventures in the New York art world in his 20s, Klayman traces his evolution as a creator and as an activist.
Kerry Lengel, Arizona Republic  full review
Though he has paid the price, Ai is a pathfinder in this new phenomenon in tactical insurrection. Never Sorry is a new-style profile in 21st-century courage.
Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor  full review
Ai admits that he's become "a brand for liberal thinking and individualism," though that's nothing to be ashamed of -- at this point, his Warholian talent for self-promotion may be the only thing keeping him alive.
J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader  full review
The story is enthralling, but it's not over, and there's no telling where it's going. Which makes what we see on screen all the more involving.
Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times  full review
One of the most engagingly powerful movies of the year almost completely on the strength of Ai's rumpled charisma and the confusion it creates in the bureaucratic mindset of the Chinese Communist Party.
Ty Burr, Boston Globe  full review
As this sometimes haphazard documentary shows, Ai won't stop talking. Or blogging. Or tweeting.
Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger  full review
A useful primer, though it also focuses a bit more on the activism than on the art.
Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post  full review
He may still seem enigmatic, but we don't need to know his deepest thoughts. The intensity of his daily life and the persecution he continues to face is more than enough to understand who he is and what he is enduring.
Guy Dixon, Globe and Mail  full review
Klayman had full access to Ai, 55, following him around for two years. The sweetest footage involves Ai and his mother.
V.A. Musetto, New York Post  full review
Ai Weiwei is a crucial figure of East-West cultural communication and contemporary history, whose middle finger extended at the centers of power stands for a rising tide of global discontent.
Andrew O'Hehir,  full review
The fluidity and convenience of digital moviemaking tools explain some of its freshness, as does Ms. Klayman's history as a budding documentarian.
Manohla Dargis, New York Times  full review
The film's greatest distinction is its intimacy.
Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal  full review
One can't help wishing the subject would make his own, more complex cinematic self-portrait. But for now, Klayman has provided a valuable introduction to a man everyone should know.
Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News  full review
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  • Release Year: 2012
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Runtime: 91 min
  • Available From: Dec 05, 2012
  • Queued by: 1220 people
Directed By
Alison Klayman
Ai Weiwei