Man Jeuk (The Sparrow) (Cultured Bird) Reviews

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Philip French
Guardian
April 17, 2011
A beautifully made, deliberately puzzling thriller...
Jamie Russell
Total Film
April 15, 2011
The slow-burn of a cigarette in a lip-glossed mouth, the languid sprawl of Hong Kong, and a jazzy, bluesy soundtrack give this Cantonese drama an arty insouciance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Derek Malcolm
This is London
April 15, 2011
Clearly a labour of love.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
April 14, 2011
It's a sprightly comedy caper about a pickpocket gang that pays eccentric homage to French cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Parkinson
Radio Times
April 14, 2011
Has all the lyricism, fluency and precision of a musical.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Danielle Richardson
Little White Lies
April 14, 2011
Pretty, energetic, funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Virginie SÚlavy
Electric Sheep
April 13, 2011
While Sparrow has done without the realism and darkness of To's previous movies, it still excites and engages in different ways. It's something unique, a fusion of styles and cultures that you rarely find in cinema.
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film
May 20, 2009
The brisk directorial sleight-of-hand that dominates Sparrow might leave you somewhat bewildered, but you will be too awestruck by its cool craftsmanship to feel in any way robbed.
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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle
December 29, 2008
An action film without guns or even that much violence, it unfurls like an elegant ballet.
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
October 20, 2008
Plays out with the light energy of a dance for most of its brisk running time.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Maggie Lee
Hollywood Reporter
October 18, 2008
Has a feather-light plot that flies in the face of credibility, but contains all the right components for an entertaining hit, like gracefully choreographed action sequences by martial arts veteran Yuen Biao, and a well-assembled cast.
Mariko McDonald
Film Threat
July 29, 2008
To's touch is airy light, buoyed by a jazzy score and an especially charming performance by To regular Yam.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Derek Elley
Variety
July 22, 2008
Yam's easy charm holds the pic together, and supports are are all solid, with Lam standing out among the sparrows and the Mandarin-speaking Lin fine as the skittish but crafty Chun-lei.
June 24, 2008
It flies where it will, ever joyous and blissful.
Lee Marshall
Screen International
October 18, 2008
Some of the scenes in this gentle romantic pickpocketing yarn are pure cinematic pleasure, but in the end the plot and the characters are too thin to turn a series of delightfully stylised setpieces into a fully satisfying film.
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