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Web Junkie

HD   Unrated

Shosh Shlam & Hilla Medalia

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About the Movie

Web Junkie takes audiences inside a Beijing treatment center and explores the cases of three teenagers who suffer from this 21-century disorder. The program admits children between the ages of 13 and 18, and forces them to undergo military-inspired physical training and comply with monitored sleep and food standards. Despite such conditions, parents voluntarily send their children to the treatment center and relinquish personal involvement. But as these young teens struggle with online withdraw and a controversial treatment, questions about the nature of addiction, emotional attachments and cure come to the fore. Ultimately, Web Junkie provides a microcosm of modern Chinese life and takes a hard look at one of the symptoms of the so-called Internet age.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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71%
  • Reviews Counted: 24
  • Fresh: 17
  • Rotten: 7
  • Average Rating: 6.5/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: The film lacks either the immersive intensity that would galvanize emotions or a context that would provide enlightenment. Its brief tour of an unpleasant corner of reality feels less revelatory than voyeuristic. – A.O. Scott, New York Times, Aug 5, 2014

Fresh: A bizarre and entertaining documentary about China's attempts to reprogram its Internet-addicted youth. – Dennis Harvey, Variety, Jan 27, 2014

Fresh: The human stories in "Web Junkie" are instantly identifiable, stories of a world where everyone has been brought closer together and simultaneously kept apart. – Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com, Aug 6, 2014

Fresh: The slow (albeit unevenly paced) unveiling of the boys' stories is persuasive and chilling. Internet addiction is real. – Katherine Vu, Village Voice, Aug 5, 2014

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Customer Reviews

get what you give

and in so might be born a new vengance.

Thought provoking

Interesting to think about if too much exposure to on line gaming and other internet activities can damage the brain.

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