In the Mood for Love

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Generally favorable reviews- based on 118 Ratings

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  • Summary: Chow Mo-wan rents a room in a Hong Kong apartment building. It's sheer coincidence that he moves in the same day that Su Li-zhen moves in next door. They never have a real conversation until Mr. Chow realizes that their respective spouses are having an affair. This discovery shocks both ofChow Mo-wan rents a room in a Hong Kong apartment building. It's sheer coincidence that he moves in the same day that Su Li-zhen moves in next door. They never have a real conversation until Mr. Chow realizes that their respective spouses are having an affair. This discovery shocks both of them. Mr. Chow, feeling hurt and wishing to understand how the affair happened, begins finding excuses to spend time with Mrs. Chan. (USA Films) Expand

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  1. Positive: 26 out of 28
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  1. 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."
  2. Reviewed by: Ed Gonzalez
    Jun 4, 2013
    100
    In the Mood For Love is ravishing beyond mortal words.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Although In the Mood for Love isn't in the mood for action, it dazzles with everything but.
  6. A stylistic tour de force, one that wordlessly emotes and wears its emotions on its literal silk sleeves.
  7. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    50
    A stylistically fastidious, exasperatingly affected package that will put most people in the mood for slumber.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 26
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 26
  3. Negative: 5 out of 26
  1. 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. Expand
  2. RG
    May 27, 2007
    10
    there is no director like wong kar wai who in every movie explores the stale and done state of love. but somehow he makes this theme more there is no director like wong kar wai who in every movie explores the stale and done state of love. but somehow he makes this theme more beautiful every movie and this movie is the pinecale of films about love. there is no sure way to describe this movie to someone because of the seemingly thin plot and its experience. somehow one has to create their own definition to be engaged with it. the details that every shot contains begs multiple viewings and the cinematic response to the repeated settings and music is something of an awe experience. hands down one of the best movies of the new mellenium. Expand
  3. Aug 27, 2010
    10
    "In The Mood For Love" is easily one of the best art-house achievements of the decade, striking all of the qualities a good film should have"In The Mood For Love" is easily one of the best art-house achievements of the decade, striking all of the qualities a good film should have while remaining unique to itself. Wong's use of color, repetition, and his unique delivery of revelation and plot development complement perfectly to the two lead actors' performances, which were reason enough to watch this movie. Expand
  4. AdamB.
    Sep 30, 2008
    9
    This movie looks really nice. If you like movies that look nice. You should try looking at the screen when this movie is playing. Some cool This movie looks really nice. If you like movies that look nice. You should try looking at the screen when this movie is playing. Some cool smoky shots with some nifty fifties dresses. It is basically Lost in Translation's Dad. Sofia Coppola owes quite a bit of debt to the Wong Kar Wai. Expand
  5. Feb 17, 2011
    9
    Enchanting cinematic art

    Love has it's own erratic language in Wong Kar-Wai's masterful love-story which is set in Hong Kong 1962 and tells
    Enchanting cinematic art

    Love has it's own erratic language in Wong Kar-Wai's masterful love-story which is set in Hong Kong 1962 and tells the story of news editor Chow Mo-Wan who has recently moved in to a crowded apartment complex with his wife, and at approximately the same time the beautiful secretary Su Li-Zen moves in to that same place with her husband. Chow and Sus spouses are often away on foreign travels due to their jobs which eventually leads to Chow and Su becoming more and more lonely. After numerous coincidental meetings in the neighborhood a conversation occurs and the news editor and secretary realizes the kinship of their situations. One night Chow invites Su to dinner confiding her in his suspicion about their spouses having an affair. Su admits that she's had similar thoughts, but none of them has any solid evidence. Their intimate conversation gradually turns to regular dinner meetings where these two modest individuals find a unifying chemistry, and in time a subtle romance comes to life.

    The two leading characters are portrayed as introverted, somewhat static and well educated people with high morals, and brought to life through Tony Leung and Maggie Cheung's low-keyed and emotionally demanding performances. Wong Kar-Wai wants us to emphasize with our hero and heroine even though we are aware of the fact that they are about to commit the same deception as their spouses have done. That one feels emphatic towards Chow and Su is hardy unavoidably considering what they are coming to terms with, but Wong Kar-Wai's real masterpiece is that he has us sitting through most of the film wishing for the main characters to become lovers. The esoteric dialog is convincingly communicated and Shigeru Umebayashi's theme song "Yumeji's Theme" is like a hymn to Chow and Su's tranquil and romantic friendship.

    "In the Mood for Love" is a film that lives on it's on terms and invites the viewer into a dreamlike, poetic and hypnotically beautiful universe. It's without clichés, filled with hope and contains lyrical shades that makes the film seem like one great love poem or an exploration of human behavior affected by love.

    This unforgettable slow-moving tale from one of the greatest visual storytellers in modern cinema stands alongside "The Piano" (1993) as one of the most profound love stories i've ever seen.
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  6. 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. Expand
  7. Nov 7, 2015
    0
    in the mood for bore, nothing happens in this movie, the director uses slow motion in a scene buyind noodles, is pointless, is an exercise inin the mood for bore, nothing happens in this movie, the director uses slow motion in a scene buyind noodles, is pointless, is an exercise in empty style, emptiness is the theme here, i think people think this movie is art because they don't understand what true cinema is, is about emotions, technique, story, acting, music, this movie fails in all categories, half of the movie is spent showing the protagonist ass in different dresses, shots of a clock in a wall (why?) nothing means anything in this movie, is just stylish for the sake of being stylish but with no context, its repetitive, boring ant should appeal only for people that think they know art but clearly don't have a clue, like the director of this movie, it sucks hard Expand

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