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Girlfriend Boyfriend

Girlfriend Boyfriend (2012)

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Average Rating: 5.8/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 3

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When three rebellious students leave their hometown to pursue their lifelong dreams in the big city, their relationships start to face the pressures of real life as the 1980s Taiwanese sociopolitical reformation movement unfolds in the background. -- (C) China Lion

Unrated,

Comedy, Romance

$56.8k

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The shift from social portrait to domestic soap opera practically negates the democratic message of the first section, but Yang's stylish filmmaking is impressive throughout.

August 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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While attempting to chart the evolving parameters of a romantic triangle over two decades of Taiwan's tumultuous societal upheavals, Yang fails to adequately explore either the personal or the political aspects of his drama.

August 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Variety
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In wanting to make a film that is both about sweeping societal change and small-scale personal relationships, Yang has missed on both counts.

August 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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"Girlfriend Boyfriend" starts as a comedy, but quickly turns into a soap opera with too many subplots.

August 3, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Post
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Though Mr. Yang paints a colorful portrait of a country grappling with new freedoms, his real triumph is a moving and complex love triangle that will configure and reconfigure into adulthood.

August 2, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Most vivid in its early years, as we see the students bursting with energy and promise.

August 2, 2012 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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Taiwanese nationalism provides a weird backdrop to a moody romantic triangle that stretches out over three decades.

August 2, 2012 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Complicated but compelling, the film also struggles a bit with Yang's erratic direction, but that flaw mirrors the indecisiveness of Liam himself, who is played engagingly by Joseph Chang.

August 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

Ya-che Yang's prodigious command of his material suggests an intuitive understanding of film's ability to evoke sensations beyond sight and sound.

August 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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Taiwanese drama offers a romantic triangle with a novel twist.

July 31, 2012 Full Review Source: sbs.com.au
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