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"One of the Top 10 Movies of the Year."
- David Edelstein

David Edelstein's Top Ten Movies of 2012


the new york times

"A galvanizing documentary; An intimate portrait of the artist."

Giving Voice to a Big-Picture Thinker, Critic's Pick


the boston globe

"Alison Klayman's documentary is one of the most engagingly powerful movies of the year."

'Ai Weiwei': art and the activist


los angeles times

"Watching"Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry" is like experiencing a thrilling unfinished symphony: 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

Review: 'Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry' reveals authentic artist at work


the wall street journal

"Freelance journalist turned first-time director, Ms. Klayman has pulled off an impressive coup... The film's greatest distinction is its intimacy. Ai's is a special kind of courage, and it impels him to act with special agility in a brave new world of his own making, where little tweets can challenge big lies and a blog post can echo like thunder."

'Ai': Conscience, In Powerful Close-Up


the washington post

"Documentarian Alison Klayman's prismatic portrait of the artist, 'Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry,' is a useful primer, though it also focuses a bit more on the activism than on the art. That's probably because, for its subject, the line between the two is so indistinct."

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, Critics Pick


salon

"Klayman's riveting, vérité-style film captures this burly, bigger-than-life figure over the past three years, as his activism has heightened, his art has grown increasingly confrontational and he has deliberately blurred the distinction between aesthetics and politics."

Pick of the week: Ai Weiwei gives us the finger


entertainment weekly

"Weiwei is the least stuffy of dissidents, and Alison's stirring, important documentary catches his complex humanity."

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, Grade: A


new york magazine

New York Magazine Critics' Pick!


movies.com

"If you want a genuine, flawed hero living in a recognizable yet still somewhat strange setting, Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry is perfect."

Doc Talk: The Greatest Superhero Movie of the Summer Is a Documentary


village voice

"A valuable primer on how an artist becomes an enemy of the (closed) state he works in, Never Sorry is unexpectedly substantive as a character study."

Even China Can't Shut Up Artist/Gadfly Ai Weiwei


screendaily

"The warm paunchy prankster is a ready-made star; an affable anti-Warhol with a zinger Confucian-style line for every right that he says the Chinese government is denying its citizens."

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry


next

"Never Sorry recalls the revolutionary spirit of past generations while exhorting us to follow their, and Ai Weiwei's, example."

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry >> Reel Love


indiewire

"Ai's full story remains to be told, but "Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry" competently summarizes his lasting relevance, regardless of what may happen next."

Out This Week: 9 Reviews of Indie Releases


pictainment

"Alison's stirring documentary is a broad look at the life of a man who has become the hottest name in the contemporary art world and one of the most dangerous men in communist China."

Review: 'Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry'


morning sentinel

"Ai is a man of courage, no less than Nelson Mandela or Mahatma Gandhi. No one, not even Ai, knows what will happen next; but because of people like Alison Klayman, the world is watching."

MIFF Movie Review: Film focuses world view on Ai


hyperallergic

"Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry set out to be a portrait of the Chinese artist and along the way morphed into a highbrow, jaw-dropping reality show about fumbling corrupt governments, social media, democracy and art."

Ai Weiwei: "Never Retreat, Retweet"


the new york times

"Other films have been made about Ai Weiwei, but the difference is that Alison was on the ground living here and made a commitment to follow him at the sidewalk level."

Dissent as Art Project, and Film Subject


morning sentinel

"Ai is a man of courage, no less than Nelson Mandela or Mahatma Gandhi. No one, not even Ai, knows what will happen next; but because of people like Alison Klayman, the world is watching."

MIFF Movie Review: Film focuses world view on Ai


variety

"With incredible access and the full participation of her subject, Alison Klayman presents a significant introduction in "Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry."

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry


reuters

"A new documentary film offers a glimpse into the life of Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiwei, conveying a creative, brave, yet humble man who has become more cautious following his 81-day government detention in 2011."

Another side of Ai Weiwei shown in Sundance film


wired

"Entertaining, compelling and thought-provoking film."

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry Documents Artist's Social-Media Dissent


movies.com

"The coolest art world doc since Exit Through the Gift Shop, but it's so much more necessary than that."

5 Must-See Documentaries at the 2012 Human Rights Watch Film Fest


the village voice

"The Chinese art-star emerges as a stirring symbol of antiauthoritarianism - and also as the kind of magnetic, irreverent prankster you'd want to dine with, not to mention follow on Twitter."

Catch a World's Worth of Activist Thrills at the Human Rights Watch Film Fest


the globe and mail

"Ai Weiwei is captivating on camera, and the film makes the case that there is really no separation between the artist and his work."

Select reviews of the films at the 2012 Hot Docs festival


boston phoenix

"Chinese activist Ai Weiwei combines the chutzpah of Michael Moore, the antic iconoclasm of Duchamp, and the humility of Gandhi."

Review: Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry


the guardian

4 stars - "Let's hope Klayman gets to make a sequel."

Berlin 2012: Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry – Review

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