Metascore
49

Mixed or average reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 23
  2. Negative: 3 out of 23
  1. It's a terrific film because each of the characters is so fiercely felt.
  2. 75
    Breathtakingly filmed (lots of slow-motion) by Wang Yu, but then it would be difficult to go wrong when your star is one of the world's most beautiful women.
  3. Reviewed by: Bill White
    75
    Full of mystery, romance and ambiguity, Zhou Yu's Train is a tight mosaic of a film.
  4. 70
    If Zhou Yu’s Train is finally no more than whimsy, it’s classy, delicate whimsy, a testament to the way romantic love, however unsatisfied, continues to drive itself.
  5. Seems at once overwhelmingly romantic and elliptical, yet all the while it has been building to a conclusion that is surprisingly affecting in the jolt of recognition it elicits.
  6. Lyrical, dreamy and too complicated for its own good.
  7. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    60
    Chinese thesp Gong Li goes for a striking career makeover in Zhou Yu's Train, a sensual, slickly packaged slice of Euro-style metaphysical cinema centered on a free-thinking woman and the two men in her life.
  8. The movie follows convoluted narrative tracks. By the end of the drowsy journey, the characters are indistinguishable from the scenery.
  9. 50
    Tells a pointlessly convoluted version of a love story that would really be very simple, if anyone in the movie possessed common sense.
  10. 50
    Beautiful to look at but aimless as a broken compass.
  11. Sadly, the combination of gauzy photography and cheesy music gives the film the aura of a fragrance commercial.
  12. 50
    These are not the marks of true cinema; they're the makings of a droopy karaoke video.
  13. 50
    An empty lake, drained of any tangible substance and refilled with wispy, pseudo-poetic metaphor.
  14. Like some of Joan Crawford's and Bette Davis's studio vehicles, this soapy romance exists only for what Gong Li can bring to it: a certain amount of soul and nuance.
  15. Reviewed by: M. E. Russell
    42
    Before dismissing Zhou Yu's Train as the over-conceived, over-edited, under-written perfume ad that it is, the following must be said: It's great to see Gong Li onscreen again.
  16. Reviewed by: Richard James Havis
    40
    It's an unusual idea but fails -- Sun spends so much time on the mood and atmosphere that he forgets about the story.
  17. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    40
    While the film's erotic symbolism is surprisingly obvious -- all those trains and tunnels! -- it's otherwise bafflingly vague.
  18. It just may be a movie that has difficulty transcending national borders.
  19. 40
    Comes to seem less a movie than a memory of movies -- or, at worst, a commercial Frankenstein's monster, sewn together to fill a perceived gap in the market.
  20. A ticket to this movie is a season's pass on that train - and you must complete every ride.
  21. Reviewed by: David Blaylock
    30
    Devolves from opaque mystery into boring melodramatics and incoherent contrivances.
  22. Less a tale of mysterious, tragic love than a three-way Harlequin romance.
User Score
5.8

Mixed or average reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 5
  2. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. ianm
    Jul 20, 2007
    8
    I thought it was good.i agree, the plot was hard to follow, nut with the following of several characters on separate timeliness its not gonna be easy. quite a few of the shots were really very artistic and well done. Full Review »