Generally favorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. Superbly acted, cleverly written, sensitively directed.
  2. 100
    Comes as close to perfect as any movie I've seen lately.
  3. Without ever dipping into indignity among wet, half-naked men, Shower sparkles with joy.
  4. The beauties of Shower lie in its human observation, in its funny interplay, candor, lusty acting and hearty simplicity - and also in its warm imagery and the fascinating symbolic use it makes of water.
  5. Intimate, deeply affecting family drama.
  6. A warm-hearted valentine to old traditions in China that are being obliterated by modern - and admittedly more efficient - technology.
  7. 83
    A lovely film that requires a leisurely sit to think, Shower is not so much a shower as a bath, and a refreshing one at that.
  8. It's a beautifully crafted, almost perfectly sustained little drama that skillfully makes a subtle, bittersweet point.
  9. 80
    Yang turns this heartwarmer into a feat of delicate magic.
  10. 80
    Zhang deftly and quickly draws a half-dozen supporting characters, and his pacing never flags.
  11. Writers Liu Fen Dou and Cai Xiang Jun and director Zhang Yang move freely and gracefully between fantasy and reality in this sentimental film, which never becomes as trite or calculated as you might fear.
  12. 78
    Above all, it's a satisfying, almost restful work, as welcome in this less-than-thrilling cinematic summer as a cool soak on a hot summer's day.
  13. 75
    Although it has some contrived plot devices (including the looming deadline of the city's threat to the bathhouse), it is warm and observant, and its ending is surprisingly true to the material.
  14. 75
    Shower is also a comedy -- but it's the movie's melancholy streak that is its strongest asset.
  15. Told in a leisurely though concise 92 minutes, Shower is a purifying and refreshing spray of hope that family and lifestyle differences can be reconciled. Lovely.
  16. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    You won't see a more humane and delicately moving riff this year on the theme of getting clean.
  17. 75
    Shower makes for a lovely and poignant journey.
  18. Reviewed by: Robert Horton
    There's something thin about the picture-both in its ideas and its visual texture.
  19. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    Take this Shower and feel refreshed; it's a cool dip on a hot day.
  20. 60
    Pretty good going for a ton of moisture.
  21. 59
    Shower isn't a bad movie -- just a baneful sign of things to come.
  22. Sentiment, the kind bordering on schmaltz and easy tears, is found in Shower, a well-meaning generational drama.
  23. 50
    It's far too soggy a confection for my taste.
  24. 40
    This gentle, slow-moving film contains some charming sequences but no new insights into the pleasures and burdens of family.

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