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Based on 18 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 100
    San Francisco Chronicle

    Fan has visual panache - Last Train Home has some gorgeously composed shots - but he also has something that can't be taught: The patience and understanding to allow a family to tell their heartbreaking story in their own way. show more

  • 75
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Fan's fly-on-the-wall perspective enables the viewer to empathize with all the players in the family drama, unlikely to have a happy ending. show more

  • 85
    Jeannette Catsoulis NPR

    Frequently moving and quietly enlightening, Last Train Home is about love and exploitation, sacrifice and endurance. show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    It's one of those extraordinary films, like "Hoop Dreams," that tells a story the makers could not possibly have anticipated in advance. It works like stunning, grieving fiction. show more

  • 88
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    A miniature masterpiece of documentary observation. show more

  • 75
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    A startling look at the devastating human cost of China's newfound embrace of capitalism. show more

  • 75
    James Adams The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    It's an intense and tense time, unsurprisingly, and superbly realized by Lixin's unflinching yet compassionate eye, the Zhang family his microcosm for the Chinese macrocosm. show more

  • 63
    Michael O'Sullivan Washington Post

    It's depressing enough to watch this family's struggles with life. But their pain really hits home when you think that the pants you might be wearing could have contributed to it. show more

  • 100
    David Fear Time Out New York

    The attention to visuals is above and beyond what most vérité is capable of; doing double duty as the film's cinematographer, Fan demonstrates a pitch-perfect photojournalistic eye. show more

  • 80
    Steve Ramos Boxoffice Magazine

    Fan finds the delicate balance between broad socio-political themes and a single family torn between centuries-old traditions and the desire to succeed in the capitalist world. show more

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