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  • Summary: A coming-of-age tale woven together with the harmony and intensity of a complex musical orchestration. (MGM)


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  1. Positive: 16 out of 24
  2. Negative: 2 out of 24
  1. Together is a likely candidate to become that one foreign-language film that jumps out of the art houses each year to become a mainstream phenomenon.
  2. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    Isn't an audience that was nurtured on the doomsday screeds of art-house cinema entitled to vacation in the warmth of a superior film about a boy with almost too many people to love?
  3. To contextualize the story's lack of subtlety, it helps to see these casting choices as ongoing penance for the time when, as a boy, Chen denounced his own father to the Red Guard.
  4. Reviewed by: Aaron Hillis
    It may be a crowd-pleasing escapism, but it's that feel-good shmaltz that ultimately plays the film off-key.
  5. 63
    The film doesn't amount to an emotionally palpable experience. Most of the stops it attempts to pull out are rusty. The movie ends with a gigantic lump in its throat, one that would take a tall glass of Barbara Stanwyck to wash down.
  6. The performances are all terrific, but Together never jells as a compelling narrative.
  7. Since this is a coming-of-age movie about a poor rural kid who grapples with the big city, it would be nice if its protagonist weren’t such a lummox.

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  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
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  1. patrickd.
    Nov 6, 2005

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