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  • Summary: From three-time Academy Award nominated director Zhang Yimou comes a moving story of one man's journey across China's heartland. (Sony Pictures Classics)
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  1. Positive: 17 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. This is a movie for all cultures and all people, for families and especially for those who have lost them.
  2. Ken Takakura, a great rain-creased oak of an actor, delivers a quietly massive performance.
  3. Turning away from his highly entertaining epics "Hero" and "House of Flying Daggers," Zhang Yimou goes for utter simplicity in Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles, a film of much distilled wit and wisdom.
  4. Zhang is a master of detail and spectacle. There is also plenty of comedy, particularly in the scenes with linguistically challenged translators.
  5. Reviewed by: Nathan Lee
    70
    A little uncanny (has it been digitally manipulated?) and a whole lot clich├ęd, the tableau speaks of melancholy graced by a pale sliver of hope. You'd roll your eyes if they weren't so dazzled.
  6. Embedded here in a culture of formalities, with some of the arcs and gestures of that culture, it almost becomes an opera of its own.
  7. Reviewed by: Phil Hall
    40
    Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou has created so many memorable films (most recently the wuxia double-play "Hero" and "House of Flying Daggers") that one can easily excuse his new clinker Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6