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Purple Butterfly (Zi hudie) Reviews

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Luke Y. Thompson
New Times

The plot may be a little hard to follow, but the film-making is skillful and any effort on the viewer's part is well worth it

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May 28, 2005
G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle
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At the center of it all is, of course, Zhang. Charismatic and intense, she excels in her most grown-up role to date.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 4/4

February 25, 2005
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

Just like nuclear energy, long cinematic pauses can be used properly for the benefit of all, while in the wrong hands they can cause mass misery.

Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 1.5/4

February 2, 2005
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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There are two movies battling for supremacy in Butterfly, and both lose. As does the audience.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 21, 2005
Brent Simon
Now Playing Magazine

An at times pretty but nonetheless forgettable film.

Full Review Source: Now Playing Magazine | Original Score: C

January 20, 2005
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News

A gorgeous period melodrama, packed with romantic tragedy and violent intrigue, it is both gritty and dreamy, political and personal.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News | Original Score: 3/4

January 14, 2005
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
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As atmospheric and moody as a film noir, the stylish, sometimes perplexing Purple Butterfly is a remarkable period piece, evoking the bustling, dense and increasingly dangerous Shanghai of the '30s.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

January 13, 2005
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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Hectic, lyrical, swooningly romantic and almost unwatchably brutal.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

January 12, 2005
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

... rich with emotional turmoil and searing beauty, but it could have used a little more time in the editing room to make sense of it all.

Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Original Score: C+

January 10, 2005
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals

The art of it is entirely in the atmospherics; the rest is melodrama. Its 127 minute exercise in puzzle solving is draining.

Full Review Source: Cinema Signals | Original Score: 2/5

January 9, 2005
John Hartl
Seattle Times
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The characters are less compelling than this particular slice of history, which has rarely been dramatized in movies.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 7, 2005

E! Online

Give in to the mood piece and bathe in its glamorous nostalgic glow. It's a beauty.

Full Review Source: E! Online | Original Score: B

December 3, 2004
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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Mr. Lou synthesizes a wide range of styles and influences -- from Casablanca to Wong Kar-wai -- resulting in a movie that, for all its haunting strangeness, seems curiously familiar.

Full Review Source: New York Times

November 29, 2004
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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Throughout, Zhang emotes like Bette Davis.

| Original Score: 3/4

November 26, 2004
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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Too often, Purple Butterfly is as impenetrable as Zhang's placid, obdurate beauty.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C+

November 24, 2004
Derek Elley
Variety
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An often remarkable, often infuriating lateral spin on genre material that desperately needs another sesh at the editing table.

Full Review Source: Variety

November 24, 2004
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

History is scant or purposefully blurred in Lou Ye's abstruse Purple Butterfly, a war drama with Wong-like delusions of love

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

November 16, 2004
Jason Anderson
eye WEEKLY

An extravagant, intriguing but ultimately very frustrating period piece.

Full Review Source: eye WEEKLY | Original Score: 2/5

August 28, 2004
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

O filme é tecnicamente irrepreensível, mas o ritmo lento da narrativa e a auto-indulgência do diretor Lou Ye simplesmente destroem a paciência do espectador.

| Original Score: 1/5

November 1, 2003
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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Lou Ye ... has chosen a murky and disjointed means to narrate this story.

May 28, 2003
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