Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Reviewed by: Loren King
    88
    A subtly comic, ultimately moving film about modern adult relationships.
  2. 86
    A superb, wise, and witty Taiwanese film about being single and what to do about it.
  3. Director Chen Kuo-fu adds a refreshingly wry humor to this view and then deftly throws in some wrenching moments and an ultimately astounding final twist.
  4. Liu is dazzling as the heroine, and the movie as a whole strikes a lovely balance between comedy and compassion.
  5. Although rife with comic possibilities, The Personals develops into a somber tale of personal identity.
  6. 75
    Both witty and poignant.
  7. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    70
    Each scene is beautifully written and exquisitely shot, and the sum total is an unusually perceptive picture of urban loneliness.
  8. 70
    By no means any kind of masterpiece, but viewed as one might any number of American or European independents of similar theme and nature, it not only stands its ground, but is at times one or two notches better than many of them.
  9. It's an anti- romantic comedy that resolves on a minor chord of grief.
  10. 70
    The repetitious structure begins to grow wearing about two-thirds through, but the conclusion has an emotional wallop that justifies the wait.
  11. 60
    An intelligent, perceptive film. It's good enough to make you wish Chen hadn't sacrificed emotional complexity for a last-minute surprise.

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