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2046 (2005)

tomatometer

85

Average Rating: 7.4/10
Reviews Counted: 112
Fresh: 95 | Rotten: 17

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

86

Average Rating: 7.4/10
Critic Reviews: 35
Fresh: 30 | 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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Hong Kong-based filmmaker Wong Kar-Wai moves back and forth in time as he reexamines and amplifies the themes from his film In the Mood for Love in this offbeat romantic drama. Opening in the year 2046, in which a man named Tak (Takuya Kimura) attempts to persuades wjw 1967 (Faye Wong) to travel back in time with him, the film soon shifts to the year 1966, in which Chow Mo-wan (Tony Leung Chiu-wai), a struggling author, asks the woman he loves, Su Lizhen (Gong Li) to sail with him from Singapore

Dec 26, 2005

$1.2M

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All Critics (112) | Top Critics (35) | Fresh (95) | Rotten (17) | DVD (20)

The result is a sumptuous time-teasing story.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: NPR.org
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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
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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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[Zhang's] identity is so strong that it seems to hold the story together most of the time; it really should have been only about her.

September 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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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

In the mood for sublimity

September 1, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion
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)

Richly layered and at times harebrained, it is more a beautiful failure than a genuine masterpiece, but it is nevertheless something to see.

October 7, 2005 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

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
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Labored and overly fanciful.
April 30, 2011
jennifxu

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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
imrealgod

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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