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A fascinating subject does not inherently make for an excellent documentary. Alison Klayman’s Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry is proof of this concept. The film chronicles the life and career of Ai Weiwei, a Chinese artist who is among the most influential human rights activists alive today. He is a great man, and to watch any material about him is, on at least some level, compelling.

But Never Sorry is a dramatically bloated, structurally unsound film that does not live up to the greatness of its subject. I respect Klayman and her film tremendously for bringing Weiwei’s story to light, and recommend it enthusiastically as the best current resource on Weiwei, but I do not believe the film is definitive.

Ai Weiwei began his career as an avant-garde artist in New York, a member of China’s first generation of study abroad students, but soon devoted his life and »

- Jonathan R. Lack

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