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  • Summary: In Wong Kar Wai's debut English-language feature, the internationally acclaimed director takes his audience on a dramatic journey across the distance between heartbreak and a new beginning. After a rough breakup, Elizabeth sets out on a trip across America, leaving behind a life of memories, a dream, and a soulful new friend, a cafe owner, all to search for something to mend her broken heart. Waitressing her way through the country, Elizabeth befriends others whose yearnings are greater than hers, including a troubled cop, his estranged wife, and a down-on-her luck gambler with a score to settle. Through these individuals, Elizabeth witnesses the true depths of loneliness and emptiness, and begins to understand that her own journey is part of a greater exploration within herself. (Weinstein Company) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 27
  2. Negative: 1 out of 27
  1. Captures the overwhelming and uncontrollable emotional assault of loving and living through captured moments and sensuous images.
  2. 75
    It's a stylish and sweet film with moments of affecting brilliance that counterbalance its flaws.
  3. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    63
    Music and nostalgia are what fuel all this filmmaker's movies, though, even a half-baked translation like this one.
  4. The use of recognizable movie stars doesn't help, r serve Wong's style. My Blueberry Nights" should have played like a memory, but its hard-living, luckless losers are too beautiful to be believed.
  5. 50
    The biggest problem is Wong's decision to cast Norah Jones as Elizabeth, a New Yorker who hits the road after a love affair goes bad. Jones, in her first movie, can't act. (There, I said it!)
  6. There are momentary pleasures, to be sure – a corker of a kiss here, an Otis Redding-backed barroom slink there – but frankly, I'm a little weary of Wong wearing "that same old shaggy dress."
  7. Fractured, tentative, oh-so-artsy and very much in the style of Wong's previous Hong Kong-set boy-meets-girl movies. But this time, the effect is contrived: a star-driven pseudo-indie affair that will please neither celebrity worshipers nor cineastes.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 12
  2. Negative: 3 out of 12
  1. CoreyJ.
    May 3, 2008
    10
    One of Wong's best films. The subtlety and craftsmanship remain as he transposes his work into the American idiom. A fantastic piece on love and the waves it sends through people. Expand
  2. MarcosF.
    Jul 5, 2008
    9
    An inspiring exercise of a road-movie by one of the most talented of the directors alive.
  3. ChadS.
    May 10, 2008
    8
    In an episode of NBC's "Friends", Joey(Matt LeBlanc) uses a deep lothario-like voice to make the most innocuous phrases sound lascivious; for instance, "grandma's apple pie". In "My Blueberry Nights", this filmmaker transforms the blueberry pie "a la mode" into a sexual metaphor; read: a feminine body part in flux. Now this is an American pie ready for action. The filmmaker depicts female desire through dessert(rivulets of vanilla ice cream streaming down the crust and filling) with lyricism(read: slo-mo), because he wants to maintain an air of mystery about Elizabeth(Norah Jones). Does she come into Jeremy's cafe for friendship, or for love? The pie is a clue. The patina of cream lewdly smeared on Elizabeth's lips that suddenly disappears is another clue. But the filmmaker withholds the particulars about this vanishing smidgeon of vanilla towards the end of "My Blueberry Nights". The kiss belongs to Jeremy(Jude Law), a stand-in for the filmmaker, who records the moment on a surveillance tape(a metaphor for authorship). The kiss is personal. The kiss is performed under the filmic construct of auteurism. This kiss, is no ordinary kiss. This filmmaker, is no ordinary filmmaker. Expand
  4. DiamondS.
    May 24, 2008
    5
    This movie was engaging, but the plot failed miserably. The screen writer should have done more with Norah Jones character. It was definatly missing something and Norah Jones was not believable in the role. She had more sexual chemisty with both leading ladies then she did with Jude Law. Expand
  5. DavideL.
    Apr 19, 2008
    4
    the interpretation of Norah Jones is the very nice surprise of a very bad film. a film with a ridiculous plot and nothing to say.
  6. BessyR.
    Apr 5, 2008
    4
    Not very engaging, hard to see Jones as an actress when she is also singing for the film's theme...disappointing..
  7. TinaR.
    Jun 28, 2008
    0
    PU! This movie had no real plot. It was boring to say the least.

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