Universal acclaim - based on 23 Critics

Critic 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. Yang favors a gentle and introspective style that shows how deep and strong everyday emotions can run. A memorable treat.
  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. These 173 minutes don't drag, they waltz.
  5. 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.
  6. 100
    Quietly overwhelming.
  7. 100
    In exchange for three hours of your time, Yi Yi will give you more life.
  8. 94
    The one movie so far this year that every filmgoer should see, if only to get a big dose of what we've been missing from Hollywood.
  9. 90
    Generous, soulful film.
  10. 90
    A marvel of delicacy and humor.
  11. 90
    Although dense with incident and motif, the movie has an effortless flow.
  12. Reviewed by: David D'Arcy
    More than a family saga, this is a family meditation.
  13. Wonderfully humanistic film. Yi Yi investigates the entire melody of life.
  14. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    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.
  15. On one level, Yi Yi is classic soap opera, with a suicide attempt, a wedding ceremony, even a brutal 11 o'clock news murder, all in the mix. But Yang's direction is so admirably restrained, it lends rich heft to everything.
  16. Yang seems to miss nothing as he interweaves shifting viewpoints and poignant emotional refrains.
  17. 88
    Only rarely is a film this observant and tender about the ups and downs of daily existence.
  18. Passes like an evening spent with friends.
  19. It may be the first meditative action movie.
  20. Yi Yi is an intimate movie, for all its length and complexity.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 49 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 24
  2. Negative: 3 out of 24
  1. Jun 18, 2012
    "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. Full Review »
  2. Sep 6, 2013
    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. Full Review »