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. Reviewed by: Richard James Havis
    70
    An elegy for the days when Taiwan was a major East Asian film production center.
  2. 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.
  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. A droll gem that celebrates movie love with feeling and deadpan humor.
  5. 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.
  6. At once an elegy for the communal experience of cinema-going and another quintessentially Tsai portrait of loneliness and isolation.
  7. 90
    A movie of elegant understatement and considerable formal intelligence.
  8. 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.
  9. For all its minimalism, Tsai Ming-liang's 81-minute masterpiece manages to be many things at once.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  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. 75
    A loving tribute to cinema by Tsai Ming-liang, one of Taiwan's most accomplished and popular directors.
  14. Reviewed by: G. Allen Johnson
    75
    An idiosyncratic, oddball movie that is funny and moody.
  15. 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.
User Score
5.5

Mixed or average reviews- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 5 out of 11
  1. MattJ
    Jun 24, 2009
    0
    Total crap.
  2. Panda
    Dec 25, 2008
    0
    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? Full Review »
  3. BrandonP.
    Mar 1, 2007
    0
    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 Full Review »