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A Brighter Summer Day Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
August 27, 2012
Masterly done four-hour loosely based autobiographical film of the late Taiwan filmmaker Edward Yang.
Full Review | Original Score: A
David Noh
Film Journal International
December 1, 2011
Magnificent achievement by the late Edward Yang pushes him even higher in the pantheon of great directors.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
November 27, 2011
One of those movies that, by slow accretion of detail and bold dramatic vision, disclose the structure and feeling of an entire world.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
September 8, 2007
Yang's film doesn't waste a single second of its four hours, and taken as a whole, reveals a beautiful, intricate, masterful tapestry that is as accomplished in its grand, quiet way as is The Godfather trilogy.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
The measured pace may be off-putting, but stay with it -- the accumulated wealth of detail invests the unexpected final scenes with enormous, shocking power.
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
April 4, 2004
A Brighter Summer Day is itself in color, but it may as well be monochrome.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4

May 24, 2003
Zhang Zhen is impressive as the youth caught up in violence and gang rivalry, his troubled adolescence a metaphor for the increasingly changing ideals and landscape of a society in flux.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
November 26, 2002
A powerful statement from Yang's generation about what it means to be Taiwanese, superior even to his recent masterpiece Yi Yi.
Jeremy Heilman
November 25, 2002
A Brighter Summer Day stands as a massive achievement, perhaps the greatest in all of modern Taiwanese cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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