Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
  1. A riot of sight and sound that, however baffling, has an irresistible, elemental pull.
  2. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    100
    The new film lives up to expectations and, indeed, pushes past them into virtually unmapped territory.
  3. 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.
  4. Filmed to perfection by the great Christopher Doyle and others.
  5. It's the best thing Wong has done in years--perhaps ever.
  6. 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.
  7. Wong brilliantly blends musical styles and eras to create an intoxicating mood.
  8. 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.
  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. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    100
    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.
  11. 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.
  12. Reviewed by: G. Allen Johnson
    100
    A rare, sumptuous movie treat.
  13. The result is rich, lush -- simply exquisite.
  14. Like Hitchcock, Mr. Wong is at once a voyeur and fetishist par excellence.
  15. 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.
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 73 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 32
  2. Negative: 9 out of 32
  1. Sep 11, 2013
    8
    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 »
  2. Oct 31, 2011
    0
    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 »
  3. Mar 9, 2011
    3
    I personally find this film to be tedious and boring. I see so many people praising this film due to how spectacular it looks and feels. I agree that the filming technique and acting is wonderful but the whole thing just falls flat. It is painfully long which just ruins it. This is a movie that might have been interesting if the pacing weren't so horrible and the story was more interesting. Full Review »