• Studio: Rim
  • Release Date: Nov 19, 2004
Metascore
96

Universal acclaim - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Reviewed by: Joey O'Bryan
    89
    All those seriously interested in foreign cinema are encouraged to take a look at this atmospheric drama -- sure to be remembered as one of the key achievements of the Hong Kong cinema in the 1990s.
  2. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    100
    Days of Being Wild shows Wong discovering his own cinematic language, and he's as astonished as we are.
  3. Wong Kar-wai's idiosyncratic style first became apparent in this gorgeously moody second feature.
  4. Sometimes cinema's highest achievements become clear only in retrospect. Days of Being Wild--now clearly revealed as one of the peaks of Hong Kong filmmaking and a masterwork of contemporary cinema giant Wong.
  5. It's inexplicable that Wong's early masterpiece has been virtually absent from American screens since he completed it in 1991.
  6. Reviewed by: Kim Morgan
    90
    Like Proust's madeleine unleashing a flood of reminiscences in the narrator of his novel, Wong works the elements of his aesthetic — music, beautiful people and emotion — into a mood that so overtakes you it's nearly impossible to emerge from his films without feeling slightly drunk.
  7. 90
    Director Wong is at his best in this rerelease of the 1991 film.
  8. Doyle's handheld camerawork is intimate and curious and his hazy colors radiate off the screen.
  9. It is a work of great beauty that rewards continued visits.
  10. As he (Wong Kar-wai) floods the screen with beauty and fills the soundtrack with hypnotic rhythms, he forges a filmmaking style of incomparable eroticism.
  11. 100
    Its themes of passion, heartbreak and the inexorable passage of time are eternal.
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 47 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
  3. Negative: 3 out of 17
  1. BrianM
    May 19, 2007
    10
    This and 2046 speak very loudly to a certain group of people. If you haven't been there, I wouldn't expect you to understand. To This and 2046 speak very loudly to a certain group of people. If you haven't been there, I wouldn't expect you to understand. To those it have, it's powerful stuff. Full Review »
  2. Sep 12, 2011
    9
    when i watched the film ,it makes me to feel that oh you are watching something special.its an unusual movie. iam deeply impressed by thewhen i watched the film ,it makes me to feel that oh you are watching something special.its an unusual movie. iam deeply impressed by the director kar wai wong who made this inexplicable movie. the characters in the film make us emotionally attached to them ,even after we watched the film..... Full Review »
  3. Sep 7, 2011
    7
    Can not tie unconnected stories into a central theme. "Birds without legs" imagery is forced. Narrative is Inconsistent (use of several innerCan not tie unconnected stories into a central theme. "Birds without legs" imagery is forced. Narrative is Inconsistent (use of several inner voices, addressing the audience). Caricature eccentric mother, a girl starting with a dramatic effect but ending up as a meek character...
    Promises something but clearly over-valued.
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