Metascore
84

Universal acclaim - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. 100
    Like a flowering of talent that has been waiting so long to be celebrated. It is also one of the most touching and moving of the year's films.
  2. A highly emotional epic about what it means to be both Chinese and American.
  3. Those unfamiliar with the book will simply appreciate a stirring, many-sided fable, one that is exceptionally well told.
  4. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    90
    Wang has made a dramatically confident move into the mainstream on his own terms with highly congenial material.
  5. 90
    Never has political correctness looked so sumptuously handsome as it does here, and in its perfect-pitch instinct for the cultural vibe, this sweeping movie is so immaculately dead-on that it nearly transcends criticism.
  6. 88
    Hits hardest when it bypasses sentiment to ponder the inextricable mix of love and pain that comes with the ties that bind.
  7. Gives refreshing -- and bittersweet -- dimension to the age-old clash between generations.
  8. 75
    Fascinating and satisfying the way the diverse threads are knitted together into a single tapestry.
  9. Pierces through your tear ducts in its ultimate path toward your heart.
  10. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    60
    Pure melodrama, but stylishly done, with finely tuned performances played out against meticulously realized settings.
  11. 58
    A sumptuous two-and-a-quarter-hour emotional epic built on one lachrymose climax after another. What little plot there is exists only to set up the next Big Cry.
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. TerryG.
    Nov 25, 2005
    10
    Confusing, but good. 10 for the heck of it.