In the Mood for Love

Metascore
85

Universal acclaim - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28

Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Ed Gonzalez
    Jun 4, 2013
    100
    In the Mood For Love is ravishing beyond mortal words.
  2. 100
    Probably the most breathtakingly gorgeous film of the year, dizzy with a nose-against-the-glass romantic spirit that has been missing from the cinema forever.
  3. Philadelphia Inquirer
    Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    100
    A feast for the eyes and succor for the soul.
  4. New York Post
    Reviewed by: Jonathan Foreman
    100
    Rapturously elegant and deeply sexy in a deliciously restrained way. One of the most romantic movies I have ever seen, right up there with "Brief Encounter"and "Casablanca."
  5. Wall Street Journal
    Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    100
    Excites us with words not spoken, passions not played out. A mood story more than a love story, it's all about sustaining a state of exquisite melancholy in the face of desire.
  6. There may be no more sensual director in the world today than Hong Kong's Wong Kar-Wai.
  7. Mr. Showbiz
    Reviewed by: Michael Atkinson
    90
    Her (Cheung) gorgeously sad face and slow, lithe frame are the movie's hammer and chisel. One shot of her walking away from a rented room down a hallway is, all by itself, twice the movie of anything else currently in theaters.
  8. 90
    The film is alive with delicacy and feeling...It's a beauty.
  9. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    90
    This enthralling, enigmatic, romantic drama from Asia's most influential auteur (Chungking Express) is an essay in appetite and inhibition.
  10. 90
    Smolders with more reserved passion than "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon."
  11. 90
    It is undeniable in its poignancy, an ecstatic vision of what might have been, though as much for its story as for the fact that the whole thing dissolves like a paper fan in rain, an evanescent masterwork.
  12. The result is a kind of ultimate romantic film, joining an almost Jamesian sadness and discipline to that extraordinary visual sensibility. It's not the kind of thing you see every day.
  13. 90
    A wondrously perverse movie that not only evokes a lost moment in time but circles around an unrepresentable subject. Mood is the operative word. A love story far more cerebral than it is emotional.
  14. The sexiest movie of the year.
  15. 90
    It's a masterpiece, a sublime tone poem that shows what cinema is capable of when it tries to do more than just tell a story.
  16. Baltimore Sun
    Reviewed by: Chris Kaltenbach
    88
    All about mood, and not one bit about action - which explains why it's at once both the most passionate film of the year so far, and the most determinedly inert.
  17. A love story told from the point of impact, at the heart, and no conventional resolution could be more profound.
  18. Although In the Mood for Love isn't in the mood for action, it dazzles with everything but.
  19. 80
    Wong weaves a spell that no other director could create.
  20. 80
    It's extraordinarily sexy: The atmosphere is all cigarette smoke and Nat King Cole songs, silk suits and tight sheath dresses.
  21. A stylistic tour de force, one that wordlessly emotes and wears its emotions on its literal silk sleeves.
  22. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Michael Wilmington
    75
    Shimmers and glows. But it also stings a little -- like the lovely flame that dies and the smoke that, in yet another Cole song, gets in your eyes.
  23. Wong denies us the satisfaction of resolution, but in sharing his mastery of cinema, and his gift for conveying mood, desire and vivid emotions, he's more than generous.
  24. The story gains most of its dramatic impact from superbly understated acting and Christopher Doyle's atmospheric camera work.
  25. 75
    The most ingenious device in the story is the way Chow and Su play-act imaginary scenes between their cheating spouses.
  26. Miami Herald
    Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    63
    A dreamy, ravishing ode to romantic longing, and it is bound to frustrate people who like their movies to get to the point, or at the very least have one.
User Score
7.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 116 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 25
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 25
  3. Negative: 5 out of 25
  1. Oct 2, 2015
    8
    In the Mood for Love is a very slow, moody, and stylized film. If in "Days of Being Wild" you can feel the humidity, in this one the feelingIn the Mood for Love is a very slow, moody, and stylized film. If in "Days of Being Wild" you can feel the humidity, in this one the feeling is like coming into an air conditioned room out of a hot day being in the city and the sense of quiet ease and nice refreshment. That is what the relationship between the main characters feels like in the beginning, and through much of the film. The main tension comes from the fact that things will inevitably change and the question is whether these two people, who seem to deserve more out of life, can get it without becoming undeserving themselves. (And on a side note, Tony Leung and Maggie Cheung both look quite beautiful in this film.) Recommended to art lovers and people watchers. Full Review »
  2. JMH
    May 7, 2012
    10
    Wong Kar-Wai's 2000 In the Mood for Love may be the best film, thus far, of the 21st Century. In just over 90 minutes, it conveys, through aWong Kar-Wai's 2000 In the Mood for Love may be the best film, thus far, of the 21st Century. In just over 90 minutes, it conveys, through a voyeur-like cameras eye and spot-on, often silent, acting from Tony Leung and Maggie Cheung, an intensity of locked-up longing that's perhaps never been so captured on screen. The leads' spouses are having an affair, which brings them together unwittingly, though they too live in neighboring apartments. Initially joined by mutual heartbreak, they become joined by shared desire for one another that, in 1960s Hong Kong, is verboten. The leads are never joined through plain expression, but rather in often tense, mannered, scenes where they share a space (e.g., a cab) and communicate through just a glance or movement. And, in these scenes, the camera latches on to their subtle gestures with a yearning of its own that brings slight, soft acting full circle, giving it clear meaning. The leads encounter one another, repeatedly, in somewhat scripted, yet somehow not contrived, terms. An encounter might involve bumping in to a neighbor running a common daily (or nightly) errand. Indeed, an encounter of this sort becomes a centerpiece of the film, and the subject of perhaps the most entrancing visual sequences put to film in recent decades. In the Mood for Love is about quiet but telling action that, when enveloped by the camera, becomes loud. Wongs rich visuals tug the viewer into a muted world wrought with emotion. A feat many directors aspire toward. A feat Wong executes to perfection. Full Review »
  3. Nov 1, 2011
    0
    it challenged my patience to watch this movie.i couldn't find any plot in this movie. i didn't push the slow motion button on my remoteit challenged my patience to watch this movie.i couldn't find any plot in this movie. i didn't push the slow motion button on my remote control,but why the movie was so slow?i just couldn't imagine if i pushed the slow motion button,what would happen to this movie?would it be more slower than usual? this movie's overhasty. Full Review »