Generally favorable reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
  1. Filmed to perfection by the great Christopher Doyle and others.
  2. Reviewed by: G. Allen Johnson
    A rare, sumptuous movie treat.
  3. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    The new film lives up to expectations and, indeed, pushes past them into virtually unmapped territory.
  4. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    I'm glad that 2046 is different from "Mood" even while being strangely of a piece with it. Like "Mood," it’s a movie of utter wonder and ravishment. But the key here is different.
  5. A riot of sight and sound that, however baffling, has an irresistible, elemental pull.
  6. The result is rich, lush -- simply exquisite.
  7. Like Hitchcock, Mr. Wong is at once a voyeur and fetishist par excellence.
  8. There are many places a visitor may go astray in 2046 -- places where the filmmaker appears to be a bit at loose ends too. Still, Wong's invitation -- ''Let's get lost'' -- is irresistible.
  9. 91
    One of those undeniably beautiful things. The film is, in fact, an encyclopedia of beauty -- the beauty of desire, the beauty of nostalgia, the beauty of music and clothing and smoke and pain, and, chiefly, the beauty of women.
  10. 90
    You may feel lost or bewildered at times in 2046 (and I certainly did), and you may feel that Chow is suffering from self-inflicted wounds. But every new adventure with every new girl vibrates with possibility, and the filmmaking is so stunning that you may not care that this is less a movie with a plot and characters than a hermetically sealed universe of romantic regret.
  11. Mood is everything, trumped up by a score so rich with pop songs, bossa nova drama, and symphonic mournfulness it's almost a movie on its own. 2046 may be a Chinese box of style geysers and earnest meta-irony, but that should not suggest there aren't bleeding humans at the center of it.
  12. It's the best thing Wong has done in years--perhaps ever.
  13. Wong brilliantly blends musical styles and eras to create an intoxicating mood.
  14. iIt's a film for art- and foreign-movie devotees. But it's also a movie for audiences who simply want to get turned on.
  15. 88
    2046 is a bit overlong and not for all tastes, but fans of "In the Mood for Love" will relish this second helping, which is more emotionally substantial than the first.
  16. 80
    An intoxicatingly beautiful, maddeningly elliptical and utterly enthralling meditation on the fleeting pleasures and haunting aftermath of doomed romance.
  17. 80
    The result is a film chilly and externalized in all the ways that Mood was bottled up and woozily dreamlike.
  18. 80
    Just as memorable and emotionally intense as any of Wong's films. It's a mood as much as a movie.
  19. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    In this gorgeously melancholic fresco of love affairs, Tony Leung Chiu Wai plays a womanizing pulp-fiction writer in '60s Hong Kong.
  20. 75
    This long, gorgeous, occasionally maddening movie is the work of a hopeless romantic who knows there is no pain as bittersweet -- or as haunting -- as the pain of a broken heart.
  21. Nat King Cole croons a Christmas chestnut, an opera wafts into the ether, Latin jazz sways. It's all terribly atmospheric, and if you're in the mood for atmosphere, 2046 delivers.
  22. Only a master director could make such a beautifully flawed film.
  23. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    Even if a Chinese movie doesn't sound like your idea of summer fun, give 2046 a chance. Its pearly artistry and gorgeous faces should put you quickly, deeply, in the mood for love.
  24. Wong uses his brief evocations of the future mainly as a way of poetically lamenting the past.
  25. The film is the work of a visual genius who may have overextended his storytelling ability, but with fascinating results.
  26. 63
    Since it is by Wong Kar Wai, 2046 is visually stunning. He uses three cinematographers but one style, that tries to evoke mood more than meaning. The movie as a whole, unfortunately, never seems sure of itself. It's like a sketchbook. These are images, tones, dialogue and characters that Wong is sure of, and he practices them, but he does not seem very sure why he is making the movie, or where it should end.
  27. Like Wong's past films, 2046 is lovely to behold, elegantly moody and rich in atmospherics. And the women caught in Chow's web are extraordinary beauties.
  28. Reviewed by: Jeremy Mathews
    The fascinating visuals and performances by Leung and the assortment of actresses like Gong, Zhang Ziyi and Maggie Cheung ensure that the film is still worth watching.
  29. This, too, is a mood piece, sometimes surreal and dominated by Chow's lovelorn sadness. But it's hard to find an emotional or narrative handle to hang on to, since the filmmaker keeps reaching for dramatic energy that keeps eluding him.
  30. 60
    As for the title, well, it made me think of Thomas Carlyle's wife, who read Browning's long poem "Sordello," enjoyed it, but still couldn't work out whether Sordello was a man, a city, or a book. So it is with 2046. A place? A date? A hotel room? A bar tab? You tell me.
  31. The story is multiplex and unclear.
  32. Even the art house crowd will find the film off-putting not only because of its vagueness but because of its thoroughly unlikable characters.
  33. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    The overall effect simply underlines the central weakness of the pic: that the neo-kitschy futuristic scenes don't add much to the real-life '60s relationships.
  34. It takes what could be called the Chinese equivalent of chutzpah to make a movie with three of the world's most beautiful and talented women -- Gong Li, Maggie Cheung and Zhang Ziyi -- and to be more interested in the male character.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 76 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 33
  2. Negative: 9 out of 33
  1. May 18, 2014
    This one of those 'must see before you die' things. It's one of my five favorite movies of all time. Visually it's stunning and mesmerising. The story is a puzzle that drags you in and keeps your eyes locked on the screen the whole time. Make sure you go to bathroom before pressing play. Full Review »
  2. Sep 11, 2013
    At the beginning, I couldn't understand this film, it looks like a epic film of future like "Blade Runner" or "Dune" but, continuing, I watch that this film is a sequel of another movie, "In the Mood for Love"). "2046" is more different than "In the Mood for Love", it's more abstract, less direct. Result is well. Full Review »
  3. Oct 31, 2011
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. the WORST, TERRIBLE AND DONE NOTHING MOVIE! I just saw the actor talking and talking and done nothing. If I were the director, i'll rewrite and recolor 'em. This movie talk nonsense and nothing just nothing blank. Just like a rotten egg without yolk, the other foreign people wouldn't understand what're they talking about, But I knew Chinese, i know this movie talking about nothing. if i were the critic, i Gave 'em an 'F' negative 100. Go to Hell.......!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Full Review »