Mixed or average reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 22
  2. Negative: 3 out of 22

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  1. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    What might have been a cinephile's wet dream turns out instead to be seductive, stimulating and sodden, in that order, in the three-chapter reflection on love and desire.
  2. The omnibus film usually saves its home run for the climax, but Eros begins with the best third, Wong Kar-wai's "The Hand."
  3. Lovely though it is to look at, it does not reveal very much. Sampling the works of three prominent directors in one sitting may be what gives anthology films like this one their appeal, but the experience is often more frustrating than fulfilling.
  4. The only real reason to catch Eros is to see Wong Kar-Wai's beautiful opening piece, "The Hand."
  5. I guess one out of three ain't bad.
  6. For the invited filmmaker, the opportunity to make a statement is surely a thrill, but for the viewer - who can't pause indefinitely, as with a book, between stories - the focus-shifting is a demand.
  7. It's so affected and arch it flops into self parody.
  8. Only one of the three episodes of the anthology film Eros delivers on the title's promise.
  9. 50
    It's a triptych of erotic-themed short films directed by contemporary giants Wong Kar-wai and Steven Soderbergh, and nonagenarian master Michelangelo Antonioni. But the auteurist feast turns out to be a paltry spread, with one director on autopilot, another playing it safe, and the last apparently working on assignment for the European "Red Shoe Diaries."
  10. 50
    A maddeningly uneven triptych.
  11. Like most anthology films, this thematically linked trio of shorts is a mixed bag.
  12. When the producers of Eros, a triptych of short stories about eroticism and desire, described what they wanted from Hong Kong director Wong Kar Wai, American Steven Soderbergh and Italian master Michelangelo Antonioni, they must have written the memo in Chinese. Only Wong attempted something sensual.
  13. The three films are watchable but resolutely minor works, though each has something to recommend it.
  14. Both Wong and Soderbergh have understandably expressed their gratitude at, even in this tripartite way, being part of an Antonioni project... But Eros is better for what they contribute than for his work.
  15. Reviewed by: David Parkinson
    Interesting misfires from Wong Kar-wai and Steven Soderbergh barely manage to atone for the seedy muddle concocted by eightysomething Michelangelo Antonioni, who mocks his own reputation for existential ellipsis with his voyeuristic vignette.
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 14 Ratings

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  1. Barbie
    Jun 15, 2006
    Anthology of 3 postmodern shorts from Wong Kar-Wai, Soderbergh, and Antonioni apparently ordered from most to least understandable. Anthology of 3 postmodern shorts from Wong Kar-Wai, Soderbergh, and Antonioni apparently ordered from most to least understandable. Wong's "The Hand" features a great Gong Li, but overall it's much more simplistic than Wong's features. Soderbergh's "Equilibrium" is a piece of fantastic overlapping madness. But Antonioni's short is way, *way* too oblique; although it reminds me of "Close-Up," there is no meaningful revelation at the end, only naked Italian women. Full Review »