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5.5

Mixed or average reviews- based on 13 Ratings

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  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 5 out of 13

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  1. mosesl.
    Oct 10, 2005
    9
    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.
  2. maegraukar
    Mar 7, 2005
    10
    MASTERPIECE. One of the best films ever made.
  3. DamonC
    Mar 29, 2005
    9
    This film, slow as it may be, is hilarious in many parts. There are just so many unexpected moments, satirically observed, analogous to how a murderer would stalk his prey, but in an arch B movie way. On the other hand, every characters is so real that there is a documentary feel to it - but of course, the very deliberateness of the framing and the stillness subvert that reading. This film, slow as it may be, is hilarious in many parts. There are just so many unexpected moments, satirically observed, analogous to how a murderer would stalk his prey, but in an arch B movie way. On the other hand, every characters is so real that there is a documentary feel to it - but of course, the very deliberateness of the framing and the stillness subvert that reading. Ultimately, the cumulative effect is one of longing, for something lost, for something never to be found alive again. It is a beautiful tribute to the past heroes of cinema, who are now merely ghosts slowly fading into celluloid. Expand
  4. [Anonymous]
    Mar 4, 2005
    3
    Agonizingly slow. People who enjoy things like paintings of one color, or no paint with a signature, will love this film.
  5. JohnO.
    Mar 23, 2005
    2
    Like Miang-liang's other movies this one as slow or slower. If an image of someone walking down a hallway with a slight limp for 5 minutes is your idea of art....go for it. Otherwise avoid this at all costs!
  6. 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 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
  7. MattJ
    Jun 24, 2009
    0
    Total crap.
  8. ChadS.
    Nov 8, 2005
    8
    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 moviegoer...in 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 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 moviegoer...in 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
  9. WiesB.
    Jan 26, 2005
    8
    Very rich film, very slow also.
  10. ClintH.
    Jun 24, 2005
    10
    Beautiful and haunting.
  11. 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?
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. For all its minimalism, Tsai Ming-liang's 81-minute masterpiece manages to be many things at once.
  2. Reviewed by: Richard James Havis
    70
    An elegy for the days when Taiwan was a major East Asian film production center.
  3. 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.