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7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 1 out of 9

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  1. Dec 5, 2012
    9
    What a great movie! And the performance of Deannie Yip was talked for years. The feelings of warming and touching she made is extremly blow up my mind.
  2. Apr 13, 2012
    9
    Extremely touching! This is one of the best Hing Kong movies in years. It is also quite realistic as it reflects the condition of Hong Kong a few decades ago. It is a must-see movie!!!
Metascore
81

Universal acclaim - based on 6 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
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  1. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Aug 8, 2012
    100
    The movie has an emotional payoff I failed to anticipate. It expresses hope in human nature. It is one of the year's best films.
  2. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Aug 8, 2012
    80
    Suffused with the gentle, unforced humanity viewers have come to expect from Hong Kong helmer Ann Hui, A Simple Life is a tender ode to the elderly, their caregivers and the mutual generosity of spirit that makes their limited time together worthwhile.
  3. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Apr 13, 2012
    70
    Though overlong, Hui's valentine never milks the drama for tears, maintaining an unsentimental focus on the central duo's playful chemistry and the loving way Ah Tao's attention to detail is repaid.