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  • Summary: On the last night before the old movie theater is shut down, a Japanese youth, despite the hard rain, comes running into the theater. The theater seems empty, void of life; yet there are some people, and some may not be people... (Wellspring Media)
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. This is a funny, sad, stunningly smart movie about the end of movies, made in Tsai's inimitable, unblinking style. No movie lover should miss it.
  2. Has a quiet, cumulative magic, whose source is hard to identify. Its simple, meticulously composed frames are full of mystery and feeling; it's an action movie that stands perfectly still.
  3. A weird, funny, melancholy tribute to movies and movie-going, an opus for film geeks that rang my personal bell. A bizarre minimalist epic that will either transport or infuriate, it's defiantly, exquisitely eccentric.
  4. 80
    It could all be done much more efficiently, but any other approach would lose Tsai's unique mix of stone-faced comedy and dewy-eyed lyricism.
  5. Reviewed by: G. Allen Johnson
    An idiosyncratic, oddball movie that is funny and moody.
  6. Tsai's film is not free of longueurs, but like much modern work in almost every field, these stretches are deliberate assaults on conventional expectation.
  7. Reviewed by: Richard James Havis
    An elegy for the days when Taiwan was a major East Asian film production center.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 5 out of 11
  1. mosesl.
    Oct 10, 2005
    One of the best of 2004, a tribute to the end of cinema and movie going before film became digital, and images on the screen and sounds behind the projector are essences of another time. Expand
  2. ChadS.
    Nov 8, 2005
    It's an amusing gambit to make a movie about going to the movies when the film-within-the film is going to be of more interest to the average Taiwan. An international festival audience, however, sits in admiration at how Taiwanese cinema has matured since their pop-entertainment days of martial arts epic, without understanding that those days were halcyon. I suspect that Tsai Ming-liang's films are more popular abroad, as are the filmographies of Hou Hsiao-hsien and Edward Yang. Late in the film, two old men commiserate over how people don't attend the movies anymore, and "Goodbye Dragon Inn" is just the sort of film to keep them away. This film could be construed as a self-criticism of a formalist director's failure to enrich his own people's lives with stories they can relate to. It was the author Sherman Alexie who made me first aware that the high-end of non-white artists are not popular with their own people. Alexie, a Native-American, had said that "all of his ancestors were illiterate," and that his fanbase are largely white, middle-class women. The key to getting anything out of "Goodbye Dragon Inn" is to project yourself as one of the film's patrons. Don't be you, be them. Expand
  3. BrandonP.
    Mar 1, 2007
    This is not a film about the end of movies. This is the end of movies. This is a film where the director stops caring about his audience, in place of lazy pretentiousness. This is a case of a writer so confidant that critics will read deeply into his film that he creates no actual meaning at all. This is the case of editors giving up on appropriate timing and rhythm so much so that it creates a visual representation of nails on a chalkboard. And if you really think a limping woman walking up stairs for an extended period of time is that funny, than you have a very dull sense of humor. Hollywood Expand
  4. MattJ
    Jun 24, 2009
    Total crap.
  5. Panda
    Dec 25, 2008
    This movie makes no sense, there were a few funny moments but a complete waste of time nonetheless. Who stands in front of the urinal for 15 minutes and makes people watch that crap? Expand

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