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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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In “Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry," the doings of that vocal Chinese artist are documented because of a young American’s serendipitous decision. Read the review
Rotten Tomatoes: Fresh 97%
Critics' score: 97   Audience score: 89   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

A fascinating portrait of a modern artist and activist trying to make a difference within China's repressive political system. full review

Tom Long, Detroit News

The film's recurring theme is of an artist on a perpetual hunt for transparency, in his country and abroad. full review

Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald

A movie that somehow mixes apprehension for Ai with a feeling of warmth and, certainly, fun. full review

John Anderson, Newsday

Affable and unpretentious, Ai comes across as a cagey operator whose candor is very appealing. full review

Mary Abbe, Minneapolis Star Tribune

It's likely to change the way you think about art and politics and the state of China today. full review

Tirdad Derakhshani, Philadelphia Inquirer

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. full review

Kerry Lengel, Arizona Republic

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. full review

Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor

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. full review

J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader

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. full review

Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

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. full review

Ty Burr, Boston Globe

As this sometimes haphazard documentary shows, Ai won't stop talking. Or blogging. Or tweeting. full review

Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger

A useful primer, though it also focuses a bit more on the activism than on the art. full review

Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post

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. full review

Guy Dixon, Globe and Mail

Klayman had full access to Ai, 55, following him around for two years. The sweetest footage involves Ai and his mother. full review

V.A. Musetto, New York Post

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. full review

Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com

The fluidity and convenience of digital moviemaking tools explain some of its freshness, as does Ms. Klayman's history as a budding documentarian. full review

Manohla Dargis, New York Times

The film's greatest distinction is its intimacy. full review

Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

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. full review

Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry accomplishes what the best works of this sort do: Take a great, compelling, widely known story and make it deeper, fuller and better. full review

Murray Whyte, Toronto Star

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry is a portrait of a brave (or simply stubborn) eccentric in action. full review

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  • Release Year: 2012
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Runtime: 91 min
  • Available From: Dec 05, 2012
  • Queued by: 991 people
Directed By
Alison Klayman
Cast
Ai Weiwei
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