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  • Summary: This film portrays life through portraits of the individual members of a Taiwanese family, each representing a stage from birth to death. (WinStar Cinema)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 23
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 23
  3. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Great, bittersweet family drama.
  2. It's a magical film -- an exquisitely made and exceedingly wise family drama that communicates a touching sense of the universality of the human condition, and leaves us with the rich emotional satisfaction we just don't seem to get often at the movies anymore.
  3. Wise, delicate and impeccably performed, Yi Yi is a three- hour drama that looks at one middle-class family in transition -- and does so with such a kind and probing eye that we all see our lives reflected through Yang's lens.
  4. Yang seems to miss nothing as he interweaves shifting viewpoints and poignant emotional refrains.
  5. Reviewed by: David D'Arcy
    90
    More than a family saga, this is a family meditation.
  6. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    90
    One of the year's best: a rich, funny, enormously humane portrait of a middle-class Taipei family in the throes of romantic, economic and spiritual upheaval.
  7. Presents an intelligent, profound and at times heartrending slice of Taiwanese middle-class existence - as seen by characters at different stages of life.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 24
  2. Negative: 3 out of 24
  1. Jun 18, 2012
    10
    "The Bible" in the world of film. So many things went wrong in the story of this movie but not a thing that has went wrong in this precious achievement from Edward Yang. The film examines the complexity of the universal themes of guilt and loneliness that "every" human has to face. Life is simple, but it is the profundity that truly constructs the beauty of our life. There might not be something as "future" but only the past- as a lesson and the present to study, tomorrow is only there..waiting to be present time. YiYi A One And A Two is a film full of emotions of our daily life. It reflects those most ordinary circumstances and successfully doubled the meanings and importance through the image which shows the side that ourselves would not be able to confront or even realize. The film that has changed my whole perspective of life. Expand
  2. JeffC.
    Sep 23, 2007
    10
    Nicest movie I've seen in years. Very real, very human and interesting.
  3. JoshT.
    Sep 17, 2005
    10
    The best movie I've ever seen. Anyone who didn't like it, I'm sorry to say, probably didn't have the intellectual aptitude for it. Expand
  4. NachoC
    Aug 8, 2009
    10
    (Yi Yi, or One and Two) is one of the best films I have ever seen. Took me two sittings; not because of its 178 minute running time but for the sheer epic vision it has on real life. Actual life. Expand
  5. Sep 6, 2013
    8
    A nice view on how life unfolds itself and how we're supposed to work ourselves through it, together. With the few happy and the sad moments this film doesn't excite you the way Hollywood does, but rather in a fashion that life does too. Yan Yan was the driving force, for me, in this film. His innocence and simple logic shows that children are sometimes the wisest of all, you shouldn't forget who you are when you grow up and the world isn't more complicated than it pretends or others tell you. Even how people nowadays compare their lives to movies and try so hard to make it one, films like these remind us that art flows from life and concentrates it so it can give back to life. Live today, not tomorrow. Expand
  6. KimW
    Feb 6, 2009
    8
    I watched this movie in chunks in a Chinese class. Overall, it is a wonderfully moving movie. As a teenager, I find this movie a bit slow. This movie may be too slow for most teenagers used to action movies like Dark Knight. The stories of the different family members are common, but unique to each of them. It captures all parts of life, and has the most adorable little boy being the curious and wise little kid. I do find that some of the questions asked in the movie a little "forced", and Yang was maybe trying to be too deep. All in all, a great movie. If anything, watch the very last scene. Expand
  7. MichaelS.
    Feb 24, 2006
    1
    Slow. Drab. Melodramatic. The stuff of soap operas condensed into a lugubrious mess of a movie. The occasional flash of brilliance in scene setting is wasted on dull, occasionally emotionally manipulative (but strangely uncompelling) storytelling. Expand

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