Lan Yu Reviews

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John Anderson
Newsday
July 26, 2002
Kwan makes the mix-and- match metaphors intriguing, while lulling us into torpor with his cultivated allergy to action.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
July 26, 2002
Lan Yu is at times too restrained, yet there are moments it captures the erotics of intimacy in a way that makes most American love stories look downright unfree.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
July 26, 2002
Deserves high marks for political courage but barely gets by on its artistic merits.
| Original Score: 2/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
July 25, 2002
Like a less dizzily gorgeous companion to Mr. Wong's In the Mood for Love -- very much a Hong Kong movie despite its mainland setting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
July 23, 2002
Kwan is a master of shadow, quietude, and room noise, and Lan Yu is a disarmingly lived-in movie.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
July 3, 2002
Lan Yu seems altogether too slight to be called any kind of masterpiece. It is, however, a completely honest, open-hearted film that should appeal to anyone willing to succumb to it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle
July 3, 2002
Pulpy and mesmerizing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeremy Heilman
MovieMartyr.com
June 24, 2002
Lan Yu is certainly a serviceable melodrama, but it doesn't even try for the greatness that Happy Together shoots for (and misses).
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
David Noh
Film Journal International
June 15, 2002
Stanley Kwan has directed not only one of the best gay love stories ever made, but one of the best love stories of any stripe.
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
June 6, 2002
Should have been worth cheering as a breakthrough but is devoid of wit and humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jason Anderson
eye WEEKLY
May 22, 2002
The political dimensions of the story and the circumstances of the movie's own creation make for a powerful context.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
July 31, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Greg Muskewitz
eFilmCritic.com
July 7, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
April 12, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: C
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David Ansen
Newsweek
March 31, 2008
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
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Houston Chronicle
November 16, 2002
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
May 22, 2002
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