Universal acclaim - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
  3. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Reviewed by: G. Allen Johnson
  2. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    In his masterful and haunting documentary Up the Yangtze, Yung Chang shows the old China drowning helplessly under the weight of the new.
  3. Filmmaker Yung Chang finds a sad and beautiful way to glimpse the big picture of dislocation through an exquisitely poised small study.
  4. 100
    Chang's images of the Yangtze and the new megacities replacing the villages on its banks are spectacular, and his cast of characters rival any fiction film I've seen recently.
  5. An astonishing documentary of culture clash and the erasure of history amid China’s economic miracle.
  6. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    A gloriously cinematic documentay of epic, poetic sadness.
  7. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    May be the best film to date about the humanitarian and environmental impact of China's enormous Three Gorges Dam project.
  8. Before that marvel of human engineering - China's Three Gorges Dam - completes its legacy of human upheaval, there are vanishing sights to be seen.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. David
    May 9, 2009
    The father is one of the most interesting, but tragic characters I have ever seen caught on film. His recognition of change, and his responsibilities outweigh any anger he has about relocating. Simply a stunning documentary, one that should be seen by anybody who has bought a product from China, aka everybody! Full Review »
  2. AnnieS.
    Oct 16, 2008
    Devastatingly haunting, heart-breaking, and beautiful. One of the most stunning and important films of our time.
  3. Gabriel
    Jul 6, 2008
    Very powerful film. I'm not sure what Dyna is talking about, of course the subject outweighs the film, the subject matter is heavier than lead.