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Chungking Express Reviews

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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
May 28, 2014
I've never been a big fan of technique that calls attention to itself, but Wong's frenetic blend of slow motion, pixilation, rushing backgrounds and frozen foregrounds (or vice versa) is as integral to this movie as its bubbly story and characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 28, 2014
[Wong's] hypnotic images of love and loss finally wear down your resistance as seemingly discordant sights and sounds coalesce into a radiant, crazy quilt.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
May 28, 2014
Chungking Express is a breezy little Hong Kong movie that has more life, energy, humanity and sheer visual zing than most other shows you'll see in a month or so.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Dave Kehr
New York Daily News
May 28, 2014
Dull it is not, but Wong's trademark sense of romantic melancholy fails to jell amid all the excess.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
May 28, 2014
It's the cinematic equivalent of popcorn on a hot stove with jump-cut shots, freeze frames, stirringly beautiful images and boundless energy.
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 28, 2014
A lyrical and delightfully goofy study in romantic longing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
May 28, 2014
Written and directed by Wong Kar-wai, the film is an imaginative piece of filmmaking and an evocative essay on contemporary Hong Kong as it prepares for a return to Chinese rule.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Roger Hurlburt
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
May 28, 2014
Made in less than three months using a hand-held camera, director/writer Wong Kar-Wai's Chungking Express is a tale that only a diehard film buff might enjoy.
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James Wolcott
New Yorker
May 28, 2014
The film is so talky, repetitious, visually stuttery, and slackly paced that sitting through it once is like seeing it twice.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
May 28, 2014
Wong made Chungking in just 23 days, and the film's mad-dash energy is nicely reflected in his quartet of stars. Wong, himself a star of cinema's future, has already shown that he possesses a uniquely '90s voice, eye and spirit.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
May 28, 2014
Wong's singular frenetic visual style and his special feeling for lonely romantics may remind you of certain French New Wave directors, but this movie isn't a trip down memory lane; it's a vibrant commentary on young love today, packed with punch.
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine
May 28, 2014
Wong's dreamlike tone and Doyle's stunning cinematography make this strange love story a joy to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Parkinson
Radio Times
May 28, 2014
The performances as a whole are a joy and the script is a gem.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Film4
May 28, 2014
Despite the simplicity of the stories, Chungking Express is an inventive, richly human and rewarding film that expands Hong Kong cinema in one fell swoop.

Total Film
May 28, 2014
The pleasure to be had from hanging out with Wong's pale-and-interesting unrequited lovers lies in the zippy shooting style and warm, winning performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Leah Rozen
People Magazine
May 28, 2014
Neither of the movie's two stories makes complete sense, but that hardly matters. This is like being inside a pinball machine with a toddler at the controls.
Jason Anderson
eye WEEKLY
April 20, 2011
Quentin Tarantino and Xavier Dolan are just two of the directors who've worshipped at the altar of Wong Kar-wai. Chungking Express remains the best reason why.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Rob Nelson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
September 1, 2009
Pure sensation, yes, but with a distinct point of view.
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Derek Elley
Variety
March 26, 2009
A quicksilver magical mystery tour through the lives of a bunch of young downtown loners.
Matt Noller
Slant Magazine
November 25, 2008
Despite the liveliness of Chungking Express's first half, it's this second story that catapults it into the company of Wong's best films.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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