Metascore
44

Mixed or average reviews - based on 6 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    Feb 18, 2014
    60
    While there’s no great originality on display here, Beijing Love Story handles its full range of stylistic and tonal gambits with impressive assurance. A strong performance or a well-placed sober moment always brings things back to terra firma whenever they turn a bit over-the-top.
  2. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Feb 13, 2014
    60
    Some stories drag while others have zing in this anthology; binding them is a compelling sense of cultural identity — the tension between tradition and free-market modernity.
  3. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Feb 13, 2014
    50
    The film’s attempt at blending humor, poignancy and melodrama results in an awkward mish-mosh. But it has heart to spare, and the performances by the multi-generational ensemble are very effective, with particularly moving work by the veterans in the cast.
  4. Reviewed by: Mark Jenkins
    Feb 13, 2014
    50
    The movie wavers in tone, occasionally lurching into supernatural fantasy, and withholds information in a manner that’s more annoying than tantalizing.
  5. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    Feb 13, 2014
    40
    There’s a little effort to give each story its own tempo and style; you notice bits and pieces plucked from other movies or TV shows.
  6. Reviewed by: Michael Nordine
    Feb 11, 2014
    30
    So far removed from any original signal — there are several direct references to Titanic, so it's timely, too — this nuance-free affair registers as little more than noise.
User Score
6.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. Feb 15, 2014
    10
    Finally, this is cinema at it's technical best. Beijing has never looked more glamorous, from the historic sights, the neighborhood houtongs and the modern marvels. But more impressive is the light shining on the actors, which helps us pick up every nuanced expression of this highly talented ensemble cast. Each chapter covers a perspective on relationships, plus the transformation of modern China linked to many contemporary social issues. By the end of the last story, there was not a dry eye in the audience. Recommended for all. Full Review »
  2. Sep 20, 2014
    0
    This film is just terrible, slow paced, cliche nonsense. An absolute time waste that I thought would never end. Don't waste your time on this atrocity. Full Review »