The Center of the World Reviews

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Cole Smithey
July 20, 2009
...rings with a perfectly hollow pitch that's a digital video punch to the solar plexus.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
November 18, 2003
Utilizando o sexo como ponte para estudar seus personagens, o diretor Wayne Wang cria um filme interessante, mas não totalmente satisfatório.
| Original Score: 3/5
Tom Grealis
RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
February 13, 2003
Retains the dreaded essence of voyeurism dressed as art.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Nathaniel Rogers
Film Experience
May 30, 2002
The dramatic push and pull of the budding relationship is not terribly original in and of itself -but in its ambiguities the movie soars.
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
February 28, 2002
Peter Sarsgaard and Molly Parker bare just about everything, without really bringing the characters to life.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 11, 2002
Molly Parker is a terrific actress, who tries to make something out of nothing.
Full Review | Original Score: C
David N. Butterworth
Movie Boeuf
November 16, 2001
Wayne Wang's "The Center of the World" plays like a Mike Figgis film (and that's not always a good thing).
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Michael Thomson
October 23, 2001
A sexually frank tale of urban isolation and emotional need out of the dotcom revolution.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matt Easterbrook
Matt's Movie Reviews
October 12, 2001
THE CENTER OF THE WORLD is a lot like its subject, strippers; it looks great, but leaves you oddly unfulfilled.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Glenn Kenny
Premiere Magazine
September 4, 2001
Thanks to Wang's tidy, knowing direction, we are subject to some fresh, unsettling insights.
Jay Stone
Ottawa Citizen
July 13, 2001
Parker ... enters the role with a naked abandon that fulfils the promise she showed in Kissed and Wonderland.
Dan Lybarger
Lawrence Journal-World
June 23, 2001
The film doesn't really explore technology, sex, or anything else that deeply.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Cynthia Fuchs
Nitrate Online
June 11, 2001
Never gets past its own investment in arty pretense.
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
May 31, 2001
It fails to bring fresh perspective to a variation on the oldest story in the world.
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
May 25, 2001
Why is it that "prestige" sex films, made by name directors and featuring estimable players, are usually so boring?
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
May 25, 2001
The results seem not to have been written and rehearsed but to have erupted spontaneously while the camera was running.
Top Critic
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
May 24, 2001
There's something numbingly predictable about Wang's whole approach.
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
May 23, 2001
...a topical idea, yet Wang alienates his audience with the shallow characterization Ellen Benjamin Wong's script provides his two leads.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Kim Morgan
May 21, 2001
Feels like a rehash of ideas already so stale in cinema that it feels dated and even hypocritical in its obvious assurance of being an 'art picture.'
Eric D. Snider
May 21, 2001
Turgid and dim.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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