Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Sumptuous, warm, continually amazing, it's a completely enjoyable couple of hours at the flickers.
  2. 88
    Rising above simple sentiment to explore class differences and the enduring clash between East and West with wit and wisdom.
  3. A movie-movie about the movies.
  4. Reviewed by: Barry Johnson
    The re-creation of early 20th-century Beijing is dense and loving, and Hu shows just as much affection for the people who start to trickle into the shabby little cinema.

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