Metascore
86

Universal acclaim - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
  3. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. 88
    Can be summed up in one word: style.
  2. 100
    Tian's movie seems to be among the finest expressions of the Chinese new wave.
  3. For Tian, who was banned from directing by Chinese authorities for a decade, it marks a triumphant return; for those who have loved the filmmaker's work in the past, few resurrections have seemed as welcome.
  4. 90
    Simply put, it represents the work of a filmmaker so exhilaratingly in command of his craft that he can, among other things, turn a single image of two people standing next to each other -- fully clothed, their bodies not quite touching -- into one of the most sublimely erotic moments we have ever beheld on the screen.
  5. Reviewed by: David Stratton
    90
    Exquisitely made love story.
  6. This erotically charged drama may not be quite as great as the original, but it's an amazing and beautiful work just the same.
  7. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    Mar 3, 2014
    100
    It is a beautifully acted, exquisitely considered chamber drama of subtlety and nuance: spellbindingly tender and utterly involving
  8. There's a painterly translucence to this ''Springtime,'' and a mystery, too; each frame is as delicately poised and lit as a Vermeer portrait of a woman, beckoning but unknowable.

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