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. This erotically charged drama may not be quite as great as the original, but it's an amazing and beautiful work just the same.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 88
    Can be summed up in one word: style.
  6. 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
  7. Reviewed by: David Stratton
    90
    Exquisitely made love story.
  8. 100
    Tian's movie seems to be among the finest expressions of the Chinese new wave.

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