Chungking Express Reviews

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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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Gary Kamiya
Salon.com
January 1, 2000
A frenetic one-way ride through The Land of Vaporous Plot, with stops along the way at Irritatingly Cute Extended Metaphor City.
Ray Greene
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
Ultimately, this is one express derailed by redundancies and the lack of any (even implicit) narrative progression to draw the viewer in.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
August 30, 2004
Mr. Wong has legitimate visual flair, but his characters spend an awful lot of time playing impish tricks. A film in which a man talks to his dishtowel has an overdeveloped sense of fun.
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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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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.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 30, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
This is the kind of movie you'll relate to if you love film itself, rather than its surface aspects such as story and stars.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
Once the viewer gets past bouts of confusion (the film demands more than one viewing), the result is a uniquely memorable look at the ties that bind all people.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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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.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
June 24, 2006
Chungking Express is unlike almost any film I have ever seen, and yet it is like almost every film I have ever seen. Its imagination, character and vitality set it apart from its peers.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jason Morgan
Filmcritic.com
August 26, 2008
the rapid pace keeps the stories from wearing out their welcome.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
January 1, 2000
A movie that has Tarantino's brand of kinetic, eccentric energy but that's much more soulful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
August 16, 2003
Intoxicating, jazzy, and clever evocation of a certain breed of Hong Kong night-life.
| Original Score: 4/5
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
October 27, 2003
A near-perfect fusion of form and style, content and substance. One of the great movies of its decade.
Full Review | Original Score: 92/100
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
September 30, 2005
a visual stunner
| Original Score: 4/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
May 8, 2006
Whimsical Hong Kong comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
More impressive than engaging.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 28, 2014
A lyrical and delightfully goofy study in romantic longing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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