Web Junkie

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While neither as deep nor as skillfully constructed as its subject might deserve, Web Junkie remains a chillingly serious look at a nightmarish problem.



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WEB JUNKIE, an eye-opening documentary, is filmed almost entirely in this camp (where the filmmakers were given extraordinary access) - a surreal mix of prison, hospital, and military operation, with a dose of group therapy thrown in for good measure. Both parents and their children participate in the therapy sessions and these scenes make for some of the movie's saddest and most revealing moments. The film suggests that Chinese officials have no idea how to cope with a younger generation that finds World of Warcraft more exciting and more real than their own lives. And it portrays a profoundly distressing conundrum experienced by parents of teenagers worldwide: how to communicate with their wildly disgruntled children, and how to help them find meaning in their lives. (C) Film Forum


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  • The campers, of course, hate it, and many seem to suggest it becomes basically another game to them. Figure it out, get released, go back to the computer.

    Jul 12, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The film is fascinating and often darkly funny, but it's hard not to wish for some actual analysis to flesh out the many scenes of grim people in gray rehab.

    Aug 7, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The human stories in "Web Junkie" are instantly identifiable, stories of a world where everyone has been brought closer together and simultaneously kept apart.

    Aug 6, 2014 | Full Review…
  • The kids are as uncommunicative as teenage boys tend to be in every country, and shots of them marching in unison or looking sadly out from behind chain-link fences are only compelling for so long.

    Aug 6, 2014 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

    Mike D'Angelo

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  • 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.

    Aug 5, 2014 | Full Review…
  • The slow (albeit unevenly paced) unveiling of the boys' stories is persuasive and chilling. Internet addiction is real.

    Aug 5, 2014 | Full Review…

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