• Release Date: Apr 4, 2008
Metascore
52

Mixed or average reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic 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. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    75
    Despite its flaws, the film has the same dreamy, romantic melancholy that distinguishes Wong's best films.
  3. 75
    It's a stylish and sweet film with moments of affecting brilliance that counterbalance its flaws.
  4. 75
    Wong's visions of a New York café, a Memphis bar, and a Vegas casino--not to mention the swaths of beautiful country in the Southwest--have that enveloping quality that make his films so persistently seductive. The natives should feel flattered.
  5. Norah Jones, making her big-screen debut as a wistful wanderer, is a beautiful blank, and the fragments barely add up to a movie.
  6. 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.
  7. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    63
    All this is frustrating, as the picture contains a few grace notes that remind one what an acute filmmaker Wong can be.
  8. The director is chasing a mood here -- a mood, an atmosphere and feelings -- much as he did in "In the Mood for Love."
  9. Reviewed by: Ed Gonzalez
    Jun 4, 2013
    50
    Every shot is painstakingly thought out, but less emphasis is placed on the human face than on the surfaces that reflect it and the objects that obscure it, and the overall effect is close to that of fetish art.
  10. Isn’t eye candy; it’s a drool-worthy slice of eye pie.
  11. 50
    It's beautiful to look at, but there's little there to savor.
  12. A stunner of a movie. But all those gorgeous images never add up to a full picture.
  13. 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!)
  14. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    50
    Often ponderous, sometimes pretentious and mostly clichéd, this contrived meditation on longing and loss feels like a missed opportunity.
  15. Even with dyed hair, heavy makeup and a cigarette dangling from her bottom lip, Portman still looks like a schoolgirl pretending to be somebody's mom.
  16. 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."
  17. 50
    My Blueberry Nights may not quite be what fans of either Jones or Wong Kar-wai -- directing his first film in English -- are expecting. It's a late-night, lovelorn mood piece in a minor key, not complicated or convoluted, finally more confection than substance.
  18. Reviewed by: Michelle Orange
    50
    The disappointment here doesn't have much to do with Wong doing America--he's been doing America for years, even in Chinese--but with Wong doing Wong, and not up to his own standard.
  19. 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.
  20. 50
    After 90 minutes of My Blueberry Nights, which pass pleasantly enough, with swirly, mood-saturated colors; lovely faces; and nice music, you may feel a bit logy yourself -- filled up, sugar-addled, but not really satisfied.
  21. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    50
    There's a curious mismatch between the surface of the movie and what lies beneath it. Wong's technique is layered and detailed like a couture gown, but the story it hangs on is as generic as a seamstress's dress form.
  22. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    50
    As much a trifle as its title suggests, My Blueberry Nights sees Hong Kong stylist Wong Kar Wai applying his characteristic visual and thematic doodles to a wispy story of lovelorn Yanks.
  23. Reviewed by: Joanne Kaufman
    50
    Alternately precious and vapid, the movie attempts to wrest metaphors from a jar of house keys, and eternal verities from pastry. Slice the pie how you will, it's still half-baked.
  24. 50
    In these dusty American settings, the wistful melancholy of Wong's earlier movies seems fairly contrived.
  25. The Hong Kong director Wong Kar Wai has an undeservedly high reputation as a master stylist. He's more like a master window dresser.
  26. 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.
User Score
6.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 44 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 12
  2. Negative: 3 out of 12
  1. SebastianB.
    Nov 21, 2008
    5
    Characters were undeveloped, I couldn't feel empathy for anyone. I'm a fan of Norah Jones' music but her acting semed very flat. A forgettable movie. Full Review »
  2. MaxB.
    Nov 1, 2008
    1
    Dull dull dull.
  3. MarcosF.
    Jul 5, 2008
    9
    An inspiring exercise of a road-movie by one of the most talented of the directors alive.