2046 Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 1, 2005
It's like a sketchbook. These are images, tones, dialogue and characters that Wong is sure of, and he practices them, but he does not seem very sure why he is making the movie, or where it should end.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
May 22, 2004
The stilted dialogue and a mostly stagnant story line gum up the works.
Bob Grimm
Sacramento News & Review
September 8, 2005
More stunt than substance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
January 6, 2006
Tematicamente bvio e pouco ambicioso, 2046 um filme que enche os olhos, mas que no tem muito a oferecer mente e ao corao.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
August 4, 2005
The editors of Mad Magazine could have had a ball satirizing Wong Kar Wai's gaseous cavalcade of pretentiousness, 2046, if the filmmaker hadn't gotten there first.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
August 6, 2005
Major points for ambience, but it's as if somebody took several complete scripts, ripped pages from each, threw them together and tried to make sense out of what's left over.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
September 9, 2005
Wong...is a naf stylist, a director who always stays on the lush surface of things.
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
December 11, 2004
Like In the Mood for Love, 2046 is gorgeous through and through, intoxicating even, but not necessarily in a good way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Josh Larsen
Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
September 2, 2005
I suppose it was only a matter of time before Hong Kong director Wong Kar Wai fell into self-parody.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
November 10, 2005
"2046" feels like a lot of half-finished ideas all bound together with fancy ribbon.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
August 15, 2005
Wong's admirers, like those of Stanley Kubrick, thrill to his visual dictatorship, but in both instances the inquiry into passion can seem a weirdly impassive affair.
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
August 10, 2005
A handsome enigma that offers little to reward the viewer's patience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
August 12, 2005
What we seem to have here in 2046 is a meditation on past loves, not to mention missed communication, bad love affairs, bad timing, roads not taken and the passage of time itself. It all sucks, doesn't it? Great soundtrack, though.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
August 26, 2005
While 2046 looks absolutely radiant, its deliberately choppy structure and mannered style make it very heavy going...like watching a brilliant paint job dry in a storm.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
August 26, 2005
Some directors wouldn't know a true love story if it smacked them in the face like a big sloppy kiss.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
September 22, 2005
The result is almost fetishistic, come-hither doodling of Wong's own making. He is a craftsman mumbling to himself in a language only he understands.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
September 23, 2005
Sometimes muddled and confusing but beautiful-looking follow-up effort.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Michael Nordine
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
October 26, 2011
2046 thus comes to encapsulate everything to which Wong (and, in turn, his audience) keeps returning.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
October 7, 2005
Richly layered and at times harebrained, it is more a beautiful failure than a genuine masterpiece, but it is nevertheless something to see.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Mark Keizer
Boxoffice Magazine
July 3, 2004
Admittedly, there is something intoxicating about the film that keeps you going.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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