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7.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 9 Ratings

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Metascore
65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

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  1. Positive: 15 out of 22
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  1. Reviewed by: Patrick Z. McGavin
    50
    The ethereal private moments and inspired passages are beautifully shot by Jean-Marie Dreujou, but Dai never quite organizes the material dramatically, and the tone is too often jagged and disruptive.
  2. Reviewed by: David Stratton
    70
    A visually lush and very Westernized vision of life in a remote Chinese village in the early 1970s.
  3. Reviewed by: Ed Park
    70
    Though the film lacks some of the paper incarnation's subtlety, Dai's infidelity to his own text keeps things interesting. He busts the book's brief time frame, tweaks countless plot points, and tops it all off with a titanic metaphor not found in his own pages.