Each of the storylines wash over one another, refusing to take on a fully-fledged shape and yet they have a surprisingly cohesive cumulative effect.
| Original Score: 4/5
The film's imagery is its most striking asset, creating an impressionistic sense of both vastness and intimacy that frequently overwhelms the characters and their problems.
| Original Score: 3/4
Wong Kar Wai could make even a compost heap look as gorgeous as a Vermeer.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Wong's film is to be appreciated as poetry on film, an aphorism-filled ode to lovestruck dreamers, and for its beautifully rendered images.
The motion picture as mood ring.
Unfathomably gorgeous; perhaps even the most gorgeous film Wong Kar-Wai has yet made, which is not a bit of praise I hand out lightly.
| Original Score: 8/10
In the end, it's not unlike a Jackson Pollock painting. No matter how close or how far away you stand from it, some people just get it and some people don't.
| Original Score: 3/4
Even drastically altered as it has been in Ashes of Time Redux, the strengths and weaknesses of the film are the same.
... magnificent on a purely sensual level ... The new version is shorter by about ten minutes and is divided by chapter headings, which make the film slightly less confusing.
One man's befuddlement is another's awe at the ineffability of time, and from either perspective, this is a spectacle not soon forgotten, even if never understood.
| Original Score: B
This is a film for followers of Wong Kar Wai and for fans of nostalgia.
| Original Score: 3/5
Martial-arts fans may find themselves disappointed, but Wong Kar-wai addicts will be delighted.
Wong's reworking hasn't made Ashes more coherent, but it's still a gorgeous enigma.
The reworked version is a visual feast, even if the human dimension seems somewhat shortchanged.
The film has been remastered and reordered. But the story, such as it is, remains secondary to Wong's sensibility. Even in violence, the movie billows and lilts.
It's a little visually precious and obscure but still a marvelously wistful film of regret and retreat...
With apologies to all the flat-screen salesmen and mail-order movie companies, it isn't a film to be seen anywhere but on the largest screen available.
Only in its final scenes do the usual WKW themes emerge in full bloom, but purists shouldn't miss it.
Ashes is glorious and ultimately wrenching, but it's a tough journey.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Gosh, it's pretty.
One feels the passionate intensity of the filmmaker in every strand of his luminously intricate narrative.