Metascore
82

Universal acclaim - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  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. For all its minimalism, Tsai Ming-liang's 81-minute masterpiece manages to be many things at once.
  3. 75
    A loving tribute to cinema by Tsai Ming-liang, one of Taiwan's most accomplished and popular directors.
  4. 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.
  5. A droll gem that celebrates movie love with feeling and deadpan humor.
  6. 80
    Tsai Ming-Liang always makes you feel that there's a world of life beyond his movies -- a world populated by ghosts that are as real as we are.
  7. 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.
  8. 90
    A movie of elegant understatement and considerable formal intelligence.
  9. At once an elegy for the communal experience of cinema-going and another quintessentially Tsai portrait of loneliness and isolation.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    70
    This feels like short film material stretched exasperatingly thin but nonetheless casts a certain sad spell, graced by moments of droll observational humor.
  13. Reviewed by: Richard James Havis
    70
    An elegy for the days when Taiwan was a major East Asian film production center.
  14. Reviewed by: G. Allen Johnson
    75
    An idiosyncratic, oddball movie that is funny and moody.
  15. Reviewed by: Ethan Alter
    70
    Though the film's deliberate pace is sometimes frustrating, it casts a quietly powerful spell and the memory of its images lingers provocatively long after they've flickered into darkness.

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