Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 11
  2. Negative: 6 out of 11
  1. Reviewed by: Phil Hall
    Provocative and poignant.
  2. At once a tender love story and a psychological suspense drama that lays bare the acute tensions that threaten to tear apart an upwardly mobile suburban L.A. Chinese American family.
  3. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    Lee obviously wants to portray Ethan as something other than the dutiful No. 1 son, but Ethan isn't entirely convincing as a doped-up street hustler.
  4. 40
    Without contrivances, the movie would only run about five minutes.
  5. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    Messy admixtures of drama and mockery crucially undermine pic's serious message.
  6. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    By the time we reach the "Butch Cassidy"-inspired climax, any filaments of credibility still clinging to these characters have completely disappeared.
  7. "Soppy" doesn't begin to describe this 2004 drama by Quentin Lee.
  8. 25
    The one highlight is Julia Nickson, who breathes life into the role of Ethan's evil stepmom.
  9. Reviewed by: Tim Grierson
    Nobody onscreen seems to realize that this deadeningly self-serious treatment of family dysfunction is so overwrought that it becomes a spot-on satire of low-budget ineptitude.
  10. Reviewed by: R. Emmet Sweeney
    An exhausting exercise in genre mixing.
  11. Desperately wants to deal dramatically with the legitimate issues of homosexuality, tolerance, homelessness and drug use. But to do so, the movie, like Ethan, would first need to grow up.

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