My Blueberry Nights

  • Release Date: Apr 4, 2008

Mixed or average reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 27
  2. Negative: 1 out of 27

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  1. The director is chasing a mood here -- a mood, an atmosphere and feelings -- much as he did in "In the Mood for Love."
  2. Reviewed by: Ed Gonzalez
    Jun 4, 2013
    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.
  3. 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.
  4. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    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.
  5. 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.
  6. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Often ponderous, sometimes pretentious and mostly clichéd, this contrived meditation on longing and loss feels like a missed opportunity.
  7. 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.
  8. 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!)
  9. 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.
  10. A stunner of a movie. But all those gorgeous images never add up to a full picture.
  11. The Hong Kong director Wong Kar Wai has an undeservedly high reputation as a master stylist. He's more like a master window dresser.
  12. 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.
  13. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    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.
  14. Isn’t eye candy; it’s a drool-worthy slice of eye pie.
  15. 50
    In these dusty American settings, the wistful melancholy of Wong's earlier movies seems fairly contrived.
  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
    It's beautiful to look at, but there's little there to savor.
  18. 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.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 51 Ratings

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