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2046 (2005)



Average Rating: 7.4/10
Reviews Counted: 113
Fresh: 96 | Rotten: 17

Director Wong Kar-Wai has created in 2046 another visually stunning, atmospheric, and melancholy movie about unrequited love and loneliness.


Average Rating: 7.4/10
Critic Reviews: 36
Fresh: 31 | Rotten: 5

Director Wong Kar-Wai has created in 2046 another visually stunning, atmospheric, and melancholy movie about unrequited love and loneliness.



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He was a writer. He thought he wrote about the future, but it really was the past. In his novel, a mysterious train left for 2046 every once in a while. Everyone who went there had the same intention -- to recapture lost memories. It was said that in 2046, nothing ever changed. Nobody knew for sure whether it was true, because nobody who went there had ever come back -- except for one. He was there. He chose to leave. He wanted to change.

Dec 26, 2005


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All Critics (113) | Top Critics (36) | Fresh (96) | Rotten (17) | DVD (20)

The result is a sumptuous time-teasing story.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source:
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The romantic fatalism is so lush that you're invited to get lost in it.

June 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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Quite simply an incomparably sublime work of art, a triumph of lyricism over narrative in the cinema, and the most exquisite homage to the beauty of women it has ever been my privilege to witness on the screen.

April 25, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Observer
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It may help if you grasp the many allusions to Wong's earlier films (including, notably, Days of Being Wild), but it's far from necessary. This, after all, is undeniably real cinema.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Wong offers an artful meditation on the nature of love, making effective use of color schemes (yellows, greens and reds), placid shotmaking and diverse music to deliver a sultry portrait of postwar Hong Kong.

October 13, 2005 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
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As memorable and emotionally intense as any of Wong's films. It's a mood as much as a movie.

September 26, 2005 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club
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For all its balance and grandeur, 2046 is the most nervous of Wong's films.

November 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine
Film Comment Magazine

2046 thus comes to encapsulate everything to which Wong (and, in turn, his audience) keeps returning.

October 26, 2011 Full Review Source: Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

In the mood for sublimity

September 1, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion

Seductive and luscious, a cinematic smorgasbord of sensuous delight.

July 21, 2009 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Here, the mystery of the deepest recesses of human emotion are plundered for cinematic play.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

A languid, shimmering mood piece from a master stylist, with some of Asia's finest actors at their peak.

April 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

A visual feast, and it is very emotionally moving.

March 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Tematicamente óbvio e pouco ambicioso, 2046 é um filme que enche os olhos, mas que não tem muito a oferecer à mente e ao coração.

January 6, 2006
Cinema em Cena

The fascinating visuals and performances by Leung and the assortment of actresses like Gong, Zhang Ziyi and Maggie Cheung ensure that the film is still worth watching.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Wong Kar-wai confirma, por si hacía falta, que es uno de los cineastas más precisos e integrales de la actualidad.

December 3, 2005 Full Review Source: Uruguay Total
Uruguay Total

Wong's film has enough arresting images and intriguing characters that it manages to cast its spell, even though -- like Chow's relationships -- the magic doesn't linger.

December 1, 2005 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

"2046" feels like a lot of half-finished ideas all bound together with fancy ribbon.

November 10, 2005 Full Review | Comments (2)
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Visually stunning.

October 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

For viewers willing to look at the picture as they would an abstract painting, there are layers of enjoyment to be peeled back.

October 7, 2005 Full Review Source: Reno Gazette-Journal

Wong composes shots as if he were squeezing drops of liquid narcotic into the viewer's eyes.

October 7, 2005
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Audience Reviews for 2046

An intoxicating and satisfying loose sequel to the brilliant "In the Mood for Love." Wai manages to tap into that same tonal vein as the predecessor. But rather than exploiting an old feeling, he manages to breathe new life in it, which is one of the highest praises that I can give a sequel. The acting is superb as well with Maggie Cheung and Zhang Ziyi really delivering outstanding performances.
I don't recommend watching this as a stand alone picture as I think one would find it hard to care about Tony Leung's character without knowing what took place in the previous film.
Put 2046 in the end of your Wong Kar Wai marathon. It isn't his best, but is great for fans who want to spent a little more time with a characters they came to love so dearly.
As they say in the film, 2046 is a place to recapture lost memories. Wai eloquently does this in 2046 and makes them feel fresh again.
July 21, 2011
Reid Volk

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Labored and overly fanciful.
April 30, 2011

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Except for the visual excellency, this movie sucked at more levels than it worked. Owing to its high IMDb rating and having heard too many positive responses, I decided to check it out. But little did I know that it's going to be a yawn-inducing love story. The movie must be good, but it didn't work out well for me. I can't sit through movies falling under this genre, all the more when they're told in a wannabe-extraordinary way.
February 23, 2011

Super Reviewer

The production design, cinematography, acting and music are indeed outstanding, no question about it, but the plot is flat, redundant and obvious, as if written by a 15 year-old. To make matters worse, the main character is downright unlikable.
October 22, 2009

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