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  • Summary: A surreal musical set against the backdrop of a Taiwanese drought.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 9
  2. Negative: 3 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: David Parkinson
    Sep 16, 2013
    80
    Wrongly branded misogynist by PC kneejerkers, this is a scathing assault on the exploitative nature of pornography and the emptiness of sex without love.
  2. Reviewed by: Wally Hammond
    Sep 16, 2013
    80
    The film’s meandering, surrealist-kissed, early scenes dance nicely in time with his urban protagonist’s disconnected, existential malaise.
  3. 75
    The director is, you won't be surprised to learn, Tsai Ming-laing, whose deadpan humor and minimalist lensing has made him a god among film geeks.
  4. Reviewed by: Staff [Not Credited]
    Sep 16, 2013
    60
    [A] highly idiosyncratic semi-musical.
  5. 40
    It feels willed, aggressive and unconvincing -- clammy rather than cool -- in a way that suggests artistic frustration rather than discovery. The water shortage may be a metaphor for the director’s creative desiccation, which his admirers can only hope is temporary.
  6. Tsai's obvious disgust at the sex is part of what makes the film so unpleasant; he remains a brilliant original, but this is a parody of his gifts.
  7. Reviewed by: Nathan Lee
    20
    The Wayward Cloud fails as allegory, human story, anti-porn screed, postmodern musical, and even formal delight (Tsai's emptied-out aesthetic has never felt so empty, his mannerisms so pointlessly mannered), but it seems to have worked well enough as a necessary purge.

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Score distribution:
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  1. MartyJ.
    Feb 24, 2007
    10
    This is probably the best Tsai´s. A perfect combination of some pieces of musical and a great drama. I don´t know why this great This is probably the best Tsai´s. A perfect combination of some pieces of musical and a great drama. I don´t know why this great great great film received such negative criticism, but let me tell you something, when people like Iñárritu are winning empty prizes with stupid movies, Tsai thinks about the cinema with intelligence and only obtained the commentaries you can see above, the situasion is even worst as I think. Expand