A Simple Life Reviews

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Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine
April 10, 2012
A Simple Life is moving and well made, but it could use a little emotional grit and, while we're at it, a sense of humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
August 2, 2012
Earnest glow and slowly progressing torpor, like a dying nuclear fuel rod.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Chris Sawin
Examiner.com
February 27, 2013
Driven by the fantastic performances of Andy Lau and Deanie Ip and its authentic writing, A Simple Life is the type of film you pop in to remind yourself that there is hope for the human race.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Jennifer Tate
ViewLondon
August 1, 2012
This poignant and emotional relationship study between an ageing servant and her employer requires more punch and focus, but is still a tender and heartfelt piece of drama with outstanding lead performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Basia Cummings
Little White Lies
August 2, 2012
A film that will fill you with a sense of hope, and a glimpse into the realities of life in modern Hong Kong.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tara Brady
Irish Times
August 3, 2012
In keeping with the title and the heroine, A Simple Life is a straightforward and unassuming gem.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Alan Bett
The Skinny
November 8, 2012
eteran Director Ann Hui paints in delicate strokes, but while this may seem soft he is playing with powerful emotions.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
August 9, 2012
[T]he sort of film in which every detail feels unforced but essential.
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
August 22, 2012
Not since The Diving Bell and the Butterfly earned cinematographer Janusz Kaminski (Schindler's List) another Oscar nomination in 2008 has there been such a good film about incapacity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 9, 2012
Here is a film with the clarity of fresh stream water, flowing without turmoil to shared destiny. No plot gimmicks. No twists and turns. Just a simple life.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
June 4, 2012
Well-acted, deeply human and emotionally resonating.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.95/10
Allan Hunter
Daily Express
August 3, 2012
It is a quite lovely film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Rachel Saltz
New York Times
April 12, 2012
Ms. Hui, a rare successful female director in the Hong Kong film industry, drew her story from real events, and the movie retains a tonic flavor of the everyday: its drama unfolds simply, without explosive moments but not without emotion
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
July 31, 2012
An exquisite and wise moment of celluloid portraiture.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Simon Crook
Empire Magazine
August 1, 2012
Director Hui shows a different side to Hong Kong cinema in a tender drama that's illuminated by the marvellous Ip.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
April 27, 2012
...a compelling yet uneven piece of work.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Miles Fielder
The List
August 16, 2012
Compassionate but never sentimental, heartfelt but not tear-jerking and at once very funny and deeply moving.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph
August 3, 2012
Perturbing truths about old age nestle inside an outwardly sentimental shell - it's a less cosy or placid prospect than it seems.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip French
Observer [UK]
August 5, 2012
It's a gentle, flawlessly observed picture, moving but never sentimental, about getting old, fulfilling familial duties, killing time and being killed by time.
Top Critic
Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
April 12, 2012
Though overlong, Hui's valentine never milks the drama for tears, maintaining an unsentimental focus on the central duo's playful chemistry and the loving way Ah Tao's attention to detail is repaid.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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