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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.
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  1. Positive: 18 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. Tsai's cinematic style is unique: He unfolds his stories in long, static shots that let you discover their surprises and mysteries on your own. And that's great fun. What Time Is It There? is perky, entertaining, and one of a kind.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 80
    Filled with purposeful, if absurd, activity rendered gravely hilarious through Tsai's deadpan, distanced representation of extreme behavior.
  5. 80
    Takes raw grief as its point of departure only to play out as a comedy of deadpan heartbreak.
  6. This movie is not of a style that will speak to general audiences. It is nearly wordless, spare to a fare-thee-well.
  7. Reviewed by: Steven Winn
    25
    Things happen in a flat, deadpan way.

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