Ashes of Time Redux Reviews

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Sonny Bunch
Washington Times
August 30, 2009
It's hard to recommend a film as frustratingly inaccessible as this one, but if you go into the theater expecting a trip to an art gallery, you might be pleasantly surprised.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Rob Boylan
Orlando Weekly
March 12, 2009
Redux clocks in at a slightly shorter running time than any of the previous versions Wong has offered. The tighter edit is a better fit, but ultimately, it's not enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
March 12, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
December 30, 2008
It's like watching paint dry--which isn't very exciting, however pretty the colors.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
December 19, 2008
Ashes of Time Redux, like that line from Hey Jude, takes a sad song and makes it better.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
December 12, 2008
Wong Kar Wai could make even a compost heap look as gorgeous as a Vermeer.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
December 12, 2008
I know Kar Wai's got a fanbase, but to me he's equivalent to a recent film school graduate using all of the post-production tricks that he's learned, either to show off what he's learned or to cover up his lack of talent.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
Michael Smith
Tulsa World
December 12, 2008
Wong's film is to be appreciated as poetry on film, an aphorism-filled ode to lovestruck dreamers, and for its beautifully rendered images.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
November 26, 2008
The motion picture as mood ring.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Larry Ratliff
San Antonio Express-News
November 21, 2008
Maybe something gets lost in the translation, as often happens, but Wong may be giving us the first Eastern.
| Original Score: 2/4
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
November 20, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
November 20, 2008
Beautiful to look at, with painterly compositions, gorgeous, emotionally charged close-ups and slick, elegant transitions. It's all for naught because the story seems no more coherent than the flourishes of a kaleidoscope.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Jason Heck
Kansas City Star
November 14, 2008
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
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
November 14, 2008
For this director's cut, Wong has trimmed several minutes and reorganized the narrative according to the passage of seasons, though the plot is still impenetrable.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 14, 2008
Wong Kar-Wai doesn't supply much of a plot with a narrative engine to pull us through.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Brian Tallerico
Movie Retriever
November 14, 2008
Even drastically altered as it has been in Ashes of Time Redux, the strengths and weaknesses of the film are the same.
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
November 13, 2008
The film remains an acquired taste at best.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
November 13, 2008
I struggled to engage with the archetypes contained within the images, even with all that meticulously restored golden-yellow sand.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
November 13, 2008
Wong Kar Wai seems considerably more out of his depth than other Chinese filmmakers who have slummed in the martial arts genre. This can't compare to Chen Kaige's The Emperor and the Assassin or Yimou Zhang's House of Flying Daggers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
November 12, 2008
... 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.
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