Lan Yu

Lan Yu



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Lan Yu Reviews

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Eric D. Snider

Full Review Source: | Original Score: C

April 12, 2003
Jeremy Heilman

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 Source: | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 24, 2002
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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Deserves high marks for political courage but barely gets by on its artistic merits.

| Original Score: 2/4

July 26, 2002
John Anderson
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Kwan makes the mix-and- match metaphors intriguing, while lulling us into torpor with his cultivated allergy to action.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2/4

July 26, 2002
John Terauds
Toronto Star
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In the end, we are left with something like two ships passing in the night rather than any insights into gay love, Chinese society or the price one pays for being dishonest.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/5

August 16, 2002
Harvey S. Karten

Should have been worth cheering as a breakthrough but is devoid of wit and humor.

Full Review Source: Compuserve | Original Score: 2/4

June 6, 2002
Patrick Z. McGavin
Chicago Tribune
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The movie is gorgeously made, but it is also somewhat shallow and art-conscious.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 17, 2002
Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
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While it is welcome to see a Chinese film depict a homosexual relationship in a mature and frank fashion, Lan Yu never catches dramatic fire.

July 29, 2002
Andy Klein
New Times

The very simple story seems too simple and the working out of the plot almost arbitrary.

August 22, 2002
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune

Seems like something American and European gay movies were doing 20 years ago.

Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 7, 2003
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

The characters seem one-dimensional, and the film is superficial and will probably be of interest primarily to its target audience.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 2/4

March 7, 2003
Emanuel Levy

| Original Score: 2/5

July 31, 2005
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

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 Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 3/4

July 3, 2002
Dennis Schwartz
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A gay love story based on an anonymous Internet novel.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B

September 27, 2006
Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
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Kwan is a master of shadow, quietude, and room noise, and Lan Yu is a disarmingly lived-in movie.

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July 23, 2002
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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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 Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

July 25, 2002
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Hu and Liu offer natural, matter-of-fact performances that glint with sorrow, longing and love.

| Original Score: 3/4

January 16, 2003
Jason Gorber
Film Scouts

This film takes the Tienanmen massacre as its subtle backdrop, so subtle that it all happens though sounds heard off-screen.

Full Review Source: Film Scouts | Original Score: B+

June 21, 2007
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan

A nicely constructed film with an unusual, though not unheard-of theme for Chinese cinema.

Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan

November 2, 2002
Jason Anderson

The political dimensions of the story and the circumstances of the movie's own creation make for a powerful context.

Full Review Source: eye WEEKLY | Original Score: 4/5

May 22, 2002
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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February 9, 2006
Rich Cline
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May 22, 2002
David Ansen
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Houston Chronicle
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November 16, 2002
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