The struggle for free speech in China is given sharp, sobering, disturbing voice through the struggles of cutting edge, digitally savvy, Twitter-loving artist Ai Weiwei.
- Jim Schembri, 3AW, September 21, 2012
A fascinating portrait of a modern artist and activist trying to make a difference within China's repressive political system.
- Tom Long, Detroit News, September 07, 2012
The film's recurring theme is of an artist on a perpetual hunt for transparency, in his country and abroad.
- Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald, August 16, 2012
A movie that somehow mixes apprehension for Ai with a feeling of warmth and, certainly, fun.
- John Anderson, Newsday, August 10, 2012
Affable and unpretentious, Ai comes across as a cagey operator whose candor is very appealing.
- Mary Abbe, Minneapolis Star Tribune, August 09, 2012
He is heroic.
- Peter Bradshaw, Guardian [UK], August 09, 2012
It's likely to change the way you think about art and politics and the state of China today.
- Tirdad Derakhshani, Philadelphia Inquirer, August 09, 2012
The boundaries between performance and protest are virtuosically, vitally fuddled in this stirring documentary chronicling three years in the life of Ai Weiwei, the outspoken Chinese artist and dissident.
- Robbie Collin, Daily Telegraph, August 09, 2012
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, August 09, 2012
Klayman's all-access, warts-and-all coverage of this artist's struggles with the State represents an extension of Ai's own ideals about transparency and freedom of expression.
- Anton Bitel, Film4, August 09, 2012
In terms of getting his message out to a wider audience, this film simply and effectively serves as part of the cause.
- Dave Calhoun, Time Out, August 07, 2012
Klayman exploits the opportunity to follow a man at the eye of a cultural and political storm, although more detail on his creative process and private life would have welcome.
- David Parkinson, Empire Magazine, August 06, 2012
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, August 03, 2012
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, August 03, 2012
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, August 03, 2012
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, August 02, 2012
A sobering, cautionary tale.
- Michael Upchurch, Seattle Times, August 02, 2012
- , Sight and Sound, January 22, 2013
The artist repudiated the repudiation. Art had, as art always should have, the last word.
- Nigel Andrews, Financial Times, August 09, 2012
Fascinating account of Weiwei's practice and politics that gives centre stage to his charismatic personality.
- Edward Lawrenson, Little White Lies, August 09, 2012