Ashes of Time Redux Reviews

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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
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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
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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
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
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
Todd Gilchrist
IGN Movies
October 10, 2008
Wong's reconstruction fails to reinvigorate this romantic epic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
July 20, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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David Jenkins
Time Out
September 12, 2008
It makes for frustrating and unreasonably demanding viewing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/6
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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.
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
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
November 7, 2008
Would we have wanted Picasso to go to the Prado with a brush and some tubes of paint to 'fix' portions of 'Guernica' that he no longer liked?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
September 12, 2008
I found its flashbacks and general structure muddled and opaque, and I am unsure how rewarding the film's intricacies and indulgences look now.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
November 13, 2008
The film remains an acquired taste at best.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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-
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
January 1, 1800
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 30, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Fernando F. Croce
Slant Magazine
September 26, 2008
Wong heightens action tropes the way Sergio Leone found arias in western showdowns, though in his version of the Hong Kong martial-arts netherworld the mandatory melees play second fiddle to the characters' melancholic languor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
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Lawrence Van Gelder
New York Times
January 1, 2000
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Derek Elley
Variety
May 21, 2008
Betsy Sherman
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
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Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001

Film4
May 24, 2003

Deseret News, Salt Lake City
August 19, 2009
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