2046

User Score
7.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 94 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 72 out of 94
  2. Negative: 16 out of 94

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  1. alic.
    Nov 7, 2005
    5
    While this film is certainly beautiful and the acting very good, it has many flaws which just can't be hidden or ignored. The story is repetitive, badly plotted, unclear and goes nowhere. It's puchline is basically stolen from Chinatown (2046 isn't a place or time, but something much deeper zzzzz......). Characters are shallow, dialogue is trite and the gorgeous music is While this film is certainly beautiful and the acting very good, it has many flaws which just can't be hidden or ignored. The story is repetitive, badly plotted, unclear and goes nowhere. It's puchline is basically stolen from Chinatown (2046 isn't a place or time, but something much deeper zzzzz......). Characters are shallow, dialogue is trite and the gorgeous music is repeated too many times over the extended running time that it too becomes repetitive. Most insulting of all though, is the product placement for a certain electronics company during the future scenes and the end credits. Wong truly has sold out. And become dull. Expand
  2. AXLA.
    Oct 4, 2005
    6
    I was not prepared for this movie. I had not seen "In the Mood for Love" where Mr. Chow's character is introduced, plus I was expecting a futurist movie suggested by the title. It is a movie about the future in the way that Solaris is a movie about space; both films are more interested in the poetry of memory than in science fiction. There are no wide shots in this film. It jumps I was not prepared for this movie. I had not seen "In the Mood for Love" where Mr. Chow's character is introduced, plus I was expecting a futurist movie suggested by the title. It is a movie about the future in the way that Solaris is a movie about space; both films are more interested in the poetry of memory than in science fiction. There are no wide shots in this film. It jumps from the 1960's to the year(place?) 2046 without the camera ever stepping back more than a few feet from the beautiful actresses who are the object of Mr. Chow's macho love. There are no skylines or even establishing shots of buildings in this mythic Hong Kong Nowhere. Like Mr. Chow's pulp novels, 2046 tells the same imperfect love story again and again. A love that is more of an addiction than an obsession; these women seem to all live next-door to him and two even have the same first and last names. It is a movie so permanently dramatic that you could swear it Expand
  3. MarcK.
    Aug 31, 2005
    6
    It seems that all the "great" Chinese films released in America are aesthetically stunning, but short on substance. Add "2046" to this list, along with the fascinating "Millenium Mambo" and the not-so-good "Hero." Zhang Ziyi is a goddess, and this is the best performance of her young career. If/When she learns to speak English (and I read that she's doing that) she will become one of It seems that all the "great" Chinese films released in America are aesthetically stunning, but short on substance. Add "2046" to this list, along with the fascinating "Millenium Mambo" and the not-so-good "Hero." Zhang Ziyi is a goddess, and this is the best performance of her young career. If/When she learns to speak English (and I read that she's doing that) she will become one of the most well-known and talented international film stars out there. Expand
  4. Dec 8, 2015
    5
    Despite the fact that it has been nominated for Palme d' Or in Cannes Film Festival and won six local awards in Hong Kong Film Awards this overrated movie (a drama/romance and sci-fi mixture) is aesthetically perfect but completely meaningless.
    Kar Wai Wong, best knows for "In the Mood for Love" made this experimental two-hour movie of an original 5-hour (or so) material (thank god he
    Despite the fact that it has been nominated for Palme d' Or in Cannes Film Festival and won six local awards in Hong Kong Film Awards this overrated movie (a drama/romance and sci-fi mixture) is aesthetically perfect but completely meaningless.
    Kar Wai Wong, best knows for "In the Mood for Love" made this experimental two-hour movie of an original 5-hour (or so) material (thank god he didn't use all of it). The title of the film refers to the last year before the 50-year period the Chinese Government promised to let Hong Kong remain as it is (Hong Kong was returned to China in 1997). Of course this has little or nothing to do with the film (whose general idea is people searching love and their identity in a futuristic Hong Kong) which is non-sensical, completely delusional and will have you wonder whether you accidentally smoked some giant pot. Nevertheless the cinematography of the futuristic Hong Kong is so artistic and beautiful that it's worth watching just (and only) for that.
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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. Only a master director could make such a beautifully flawed film.
  2. 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.
  3. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    100
    The new film lives up to expectations and, indeed, pushes past them into virtually unmapped territory.