• 2046
    2 minutes 43 seconds
    Added: May 9, 2008


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2046 Reviews

Bob Mondello
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The result is a sumptuous time-teasing story.

Full Review Source: NPR.org

October 18, 2008
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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The romantic fatalism is so lush that you're invited to get lost in it.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

June 6, 2007
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

April 25, 2007
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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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.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
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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.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 4/5

October 13, 2005
Keith Phipps
AV Club
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As memorable and emotionally intense as any of Wong's films. It's a mood as much as a movie.

Full Review Source: AV Club

September 26, 2005
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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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.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

September 9, 2005
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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This long, gorgeous, occasionally maddening movie is the work of a hopeless romantic who knows there is no pain as bittersweet -- or as haunting -- as the pain of a broken heart.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3/4

September 2, 2005
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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As someone who admires Wong's ambition and skill, I'm able to give 2046 only a halfhearted recommendation.

| Original Score: B-

September 2, 2005
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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In a film that likes teasing mysteries, the greatest revelation is Ziyi Zhang.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3/4

September 2, 2005
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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It's all terribly atmospheric, and if you're in the mood for atmosphere, 2046 delivers.

| Original Score: 3/4

September 1, 2005
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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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 Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 1, 2005
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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At its best, it drenches the screen with sensuous poetry and touches a core of sadness.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 1, 2005
Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Think of it as a visual tone poem about longing and loss, a journey through a vale of luminously beautiful tears.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: B+

September 1, 2005
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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2046 isn't entirely successful: It's very high-concept and can be difficult to follow. But when it was over, I immediately wanted to watch it again.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 26, 2005
Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
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Some directors wouldn't know a true love story if it smacked them in the face like a big sloppy kiss.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 1.5/4

August 26, 2005
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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The film is a beautiful reverie, a kind of poem about lovers briefly glimpsed and never forgotten.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 25, 2005
G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle
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Lovelorn loneliness has never been this mouth-watering.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 4/4

August 19, 2005
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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Long, enigmatic, rapturously beautiful meditation on romance and remembrance.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 4/4

August 19, 2005
Anthony Lane
New Yorker
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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.

August 15, 2005
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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It is best to think of 2046 as a series of short stories, pulp fiction penned by a master mood-setter.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/4

August 12, 2005
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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A beautifully flawed film.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

August 12, 2005
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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I think it's a beautiful piece of work.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

August 8, 2005
Andrew O'Hehir
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Among the most beautiful and most mysterious movies I've ever seen.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

August 5, 2005
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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If only the movie's pace were a little quicker, its compositions a little less studied -- and those sci-fi interruptions simply missing -- 2046 would be perfect.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 5, 2005
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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2046 is a bit overlong and not for all tastes, but fans of In the Mood for Love will relish this second helping, which is more emotionally substantial than the first.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

August 5, 2005
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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Like Wong's past films, 2046 is lovely to behold, elegantly moody and rich in atmospherics.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 5, 2005
Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
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A gorgeous, fevered dream of a movie that blends recollection, imagination and temporal dislocation to create an emotional portrait of chaos in the aftermath of heartbreak.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 5/5

August 4, 2005
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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The result is an unqualified triumph.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 5/5

August 4, 2005
Jan Stuart
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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 Source: Newsday | Original Score: 1/4

August 4, 2005
Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
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It all sounds dense and intriguing in Wong's patented, meta-Proustian manner and, of course, the movie has so much style to burn that those seated close to the screen may wish for asbestos jackets.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly | Original Score: 4.5/5

August 4, 2005
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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Want to see a great kiss? There's one in 2046, between Tony Leung Chiu-wai and Gong Li.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

August 3, 2005
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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As a cinematic bath for the senses, it's a rush, a swoon.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A-

August 3, 2005
Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
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A sweaty, teeming, hot-to-the-touch life-swarm of a movie.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

August 2, 2005
Derek Elley
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Mainland actress Zhang Ziyi proves she's a star of major range and luminosity ... while Hong Kong leading man Tony Leung Chiu-wai carries the pic with the charm of a young Clark Gable.

Full Review Source: Variety

June 1, 2004
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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The stilted dialogue and a mostly stagnant story line gum up the works.

May 22, 2004
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