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  • Summary: A young Taipei watch vendor (Lee) falls in love with a girl (Chen) just as she leaves to go to Paris, inspiring him to set all the clocks in the city to French time.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. Tsai builds this shimmering story with deft, deadpan wit and a warm, understated love of the absurd, both in life and afterlife.
  2. 90
    Tsai's latest, What Time Is It There?, runs his usual themes and obsessions through a whimsical premise worthy of Wong Kar-Wai, striking such an exquisite balance between humor and despair that the moods comfortably coexist, just as they do in real life.
  3. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    90
    This wonderful, one-of-a-kind movie hops from Taiwan to France, from tragedy to deadpan comedy and, in its mysterious conclusion, from the worldly to the otherworldly.
  4. 80
    The result is a film of surprise and wonder, lyrically attuned to the ticking intensity of romance.
  5. 80
    Takes raw grief as its point of departure only to play out as a comedy of deadpan heartbreak.
  6. 75
    Very slowly builds to an emotional payoff in a devastating scene where the three main characters simultaneously seek relief in sex.
  7. Reviewed by: Steven Winn
    25
    Things happen in a flat, deadpan way.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1

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