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  • Summary: The story of a passionate love affair between an American woman (Allen) and a Middle-Eastern man (Abkarian) in which they confront some of the greatest conflicts of our generation - religious, political and sexual. (Sony Pictures Classics)
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 29
  2. Negative: 6 out of 29
  1. Beautifully composed and deftly delivered, it becomes the libretto to Potter's visual music, creating a remarkable lyricism and emotional directness.
  2. Ultimately, Potter's fable is about how a catastrophe forces us to ask what we believe and why.
  3. Potter explores midlife ennui, (middle-)East-West tension, theology, biology and the irrational nature of romance in this ambitious, if ultimately sketchy, drama.
  4. 60
    For the most part Yes buzzes with visual life and imagination.
  5. Reviewed by: Andrew Sun
    50
    Despite many interesting mise-en-scene moments, the film disappointingly feels as sterile as the family's immaculately clean house. In a sense, the movie is too ambitious.
  6. 50
    Shades of "House of Sand and Fog," without the compelling drama.
  7. 12
    The result is a unique time at the art house: a work whose badness becomes guiltily pleasurable, like a Harlequin romance novel masquerading as a dissertation.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 2 out of 9
  1. BJ
    Jun 11, 2006
    8
    Sally Potter has had a stunning career in avante garde cinema and this is one of her best. Beautifully photographed, beautiful, (if sometimes Sally Potter has had a stunning career in avante garde cinema and this is one of her best. Beautifully photographed, beautiful, (if sometimes overly smart) poetic dialogue characters trying to make sense in the post 9-11 realities, honest, strong. If you are looking for Hollywood narrative, look elsewhere. If you are looking for an intellectually and aesthetically engaging film, watch YES. Expand
  2. NancyL.
    Sep 3, 2006
    8
    Potter's "Yes" is comparable to the work of William Shakespeare. Both bards briliantly speak of love, faith, politics and death in Potter's "Yes" is comparable to the work of William Shakespeare. Both bards briliantly speak of love, faith, politics and death in contexts understandable to the audiences of their times. Expand
  3. ChadS.
    Oct 1, 2005
    6
    All of Sally Potter's films have wonderfully startling self-reflexive moments, in particular, "The Tango Lesson", when Potter tells her All of Sally Potter's films have wonderfully startling self-reflexive moments, in particular, "The Tango Lesson", when Potter tells her dance partner, "But that's how I love you-- with my eyes, with work." In "Yes", however, the maid played by Shirley Henderson might be a case of whimsy overkill. She seems to be there as a reward for surviving the iambic pentameter banter between Joan Allen and Simon Abkarian. And now, here's some comic relief. Abkarian's rant against America is stirring, but was his anger properly set up? To me, it came out of nowhere. When he's fired from his job, it's not an American who lets him go, so why is he irate at Allen? Expand
  4. DonnaJulieAbbyB.
    Jan 4, 2006
    3
    Abby Donna and Julie At one point each, that makes 3. Fast forward is the only thing That made this movie worth watching The only place we Abby Donna and Julie At one point each, that makes 3. Fast forward is the only thing That made this movie worth watching The only place we cared to tarry Was the scene stolen from Sally Met Harry. Expand
  5. LucasK.
    Jan 4, 2006
    1
    Pretentious. Annoying. Painful to watch the actors perform it with such seriousness, you almost feel sorry for everyone involved. I guess Pretentious. Annoying. Painful to watch the actors perform it with such seriousness, you almost feel sorry for everyone involved. I guess they did have access to the script beforehand, so you can only sort of question their taste. Low points of the movie include Sam Niel dancing and a heavy arguement between the two main characters involving religion and politics. I know this conversation was meant to reveal the attitudes between these different cultures, but you can't help but think her calling him a terrorist and he coming back with "imperialist" warrants a laugh track rather than Allen's heartfelt tears. High points include the opening credits when you are not pissed off and the end when you can know now to avoid Sally Potter movies. Expand

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