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.
  21. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    Builds so gradually you probably won't realize it's a near-masterpiece until it's over, but there are hints along the way.
  22. Capturing the nuances of quotidian life may not be everyone's cup of tea.
  23. Presents an intelligent, profound and at times heartrending slice of Taiwanese middle-class existence - as seen by characters at different stages of life.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 58 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. SohyunW.
    Nov 12, 2006
    After my first viewing, I was hesitant to give it a bad review. Maybe I missed something? But after my first viewing, this is what I came up with: It is very predictable. All the situations were not creative. I can think of real modern day situations more complex and interesting than the ones in the movie. Scene opens with Wedding and characters "build" their personality into already familiar "yawn..." ones to me. Maybe I had overdose of Asian drama. After the second viewing and third viewing, I was trying to understand why such a non creative storyline about an Asian family is so "delicate.... an intriguing investigation on the entire melody of life." After the fourth view, I realized some people like boring, predictable storylines. They like what is known to them, and don't bother to look for something that makes you think about family stages and struggles!!! Full Review »
  3. NachoC
    Aug 8, 2009
    (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. Full Review »