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7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 4 Ratings

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  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
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  1. DamonC.
    Jun 24, 2004
    5
    It is beautiful filmed - that was the first reaction I had coming out of the cinema. Sure, it was slow moving, all about the little actions in life, that everything was understated - but that we already expect from watching a Chinese movie of this genre. What is disappointing is that I was left cold at the end. All that simmering emotions under the calm surface that were torturing these It is beautiful filmed - that was the first reaction I had coming out of the cinema. Sure, it was slow moving, all about the little actions in life, that everything was understated - but that we already expect from watching a Chinese movie of this genre. What is disappointing is that I was left cold at the end. All that simmering emotions under the calm surface that were torturing these poor souls - after a while it is just plain boring. Show me something I haven't seen. And what about the post-WW II setting - sure the sets were beautiful but it impacted nothing else. Watch, if you want to, for the cinematography. But give me Zhang Yimou any day. Expand
  2. judithj.
    Feb 13, 2005
    5
    Whats the point?
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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. Reviewed by: Staff [Not Credited]
    Mar 3, 2014
    80
    Beautifully photographed by Mark Lee (who also co-shot Wong Kar-Wai's In The Mood For Love), and delicately played by an untried cast, this confirms Tian as the Fifth Generation's unsung master.
  2. Reviewed by: Ed Gonzalez
    Mar 3, 2014
    63
    The film exudes a sense of fleetingness; however static these lives may be, Tian's narrative perfectly evokes a changing season.
  3. 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