Better Days

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    Deborah YoungHollywood Reporter
    Though not very subtle in presenting its thesis, the story is generally suspenseful and well-told by young HK actor and director Tsang.
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    Jessica KiangVariety
    Gripping, superbly performed melodrama... deeply moving if occasionally overwrought...
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    Cary DarlingHouston Chronicle
    Three years ago, (Derek)Tsang made "Soul Mate," an enchanting tale about female friendship that offered an engrossing look at modern, urban China. Yet that film isn't quite adequate preparation for the emotional wallop of "Better Days."
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    James MudgeeasternKicks.com
    Better Days is a film with a genuine social purpose, and what's impressive is the way that Tsang works it into a film that's both visually impressive and gripping, and it ranks as one of the best Chinese films of the last couple of years.
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    Richard PropesTheIndependentCritic.com
    Better Days is particularly harrowing in its first half.
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    Grant WatsonVCinema
    Better Days truly is one hell of a thing.
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    Panos KotzathanasisAsian Movie Pulse
    "Better Days" manages to combine the best from both independent and mainstream cinema, which is the recipe that led to both critical and commercial success. Definitely one of the best films of the year.
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    Dennis SchwartzDennis Schwartz Movie Reviews
    A meaningful but overwrought youth drama about bullying in Chinese schools.
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    Ed TravisCinapse
    Better Days strikes a hopeful and human note, suggesting that a true bond can stand against the crushing systems all around us.
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    Douglas DavidsonElements of Madness
    ... Better Days is best understood as a contemplation on our own role in society, that it's not enough to want us to be better, but to create the version of the world we long for.
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