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Lust, Caution Reviews

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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This is one of the major disappointments of the film-going year.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

October 4, 2007
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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A freeze-dried story has been only partially defrosted.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

October 5, 2007
Fernando F. Croce

Lovers of genuine cinema will get blue balls

Full Review Source: CinePassion

August 27, 2009
Eric D. Snider

Strangely inert and passionless, with a running time that is far too long for a movie so devoid of compelling emotion.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: C+

October 10, 2007
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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Lust, Caution is a sleepy, musty period drama about wartime maneuvers and bedroom calisthenics, and the misguided use of a solid director.

| Original Score: 3/5

September 28, 2007
Beth Accomando

Lust, Caution teases but never satisfies. Although it takes Lee back to Asia, it doesn't return him to the style of filmmaking where he produced his best work.

October 6, 2007
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

The sex scenes, and the love story that sparks them, simply don't work, and that's not a minor problem.

Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 5/10

October 9, 2007
Geoff Berkshire

Anyone lured in by the sex is going to leave feeling very unsatisfied.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/5

October 10, 2007
Joshua Tyler

Long and lifeless, with no real payoff.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 1.5/5

October 3, 2007
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Lee is widely considered one of the greatest filmmakers in the world, and he ought to be a good deal better than this.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 4, 2007
Adam Fendelman

The worth of Lust, Caution doesn't seem apparent until the last act of the 157-minute film, which is filled with more love than lust and much more caution than action.

| Original Score: 2/5

October 8, 2007
Peter Sobczynski

It feels like what "Black Book" would have been like had it been completely leached of all that pesky tension and excitement.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2/5

October 4, 2007
Anthony Quinn

A shocking disappointment.

Full Review Source: Independent | Original Score: 2/5

January 4, 2008
Matt Pais

Surely some more details about the oppression and resistance of the era could have been squeezed into the nearly three-hour running time.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/5

October 4, 2007
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Chugs along at such a slow speed it nearly put me to sleep despite its graphic sex scenes... .

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

November 26, 2007
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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I was struggling to stay awake.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1.5/4

September 28, 2007
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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Yes, the movie is called Lust, Caution. But what it really needed to be about was incautious love.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 28, 2007
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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Lust, Caution is a disappointment coming from director Ang Lee, but it's a watchable one, and it rattles around in your head for a long time after you've seen it, as much for what it does right as for where it goes wrong.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

October 5, 2007
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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Overly extended adaptation of a short story about a female Chinese nationalist who uses sex to compromise and trap a cruel Japanese collaborator.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press

October 12, 2007
Chris Cabin

If you're going to play with taboo, you better be ready to break the thing.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/5

September 27, 2007
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
January 15, 2008
Bob Mondello
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October 18, 2008
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009

Screen International
September 8, 2007

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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October 20, 2007

Sydney Morning Herald
January 18, 2008

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July 14, 2011
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