Raise the Red Lantern (Da hong deng long gao gao gua) Reviews

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Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
December 7, 2007
With its beautiful look and haunting themes and sublime performances, Raise The Red Lantern is Yimou's master work.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Rob Nelson
Village Voice
February 27, 2007
Visually ravishing and emotionally cold, Zhang's third feature is one long series of pushes and pulls.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
October 31, 2006
One of Yimou's two or three masterpieces, this visually stunning film offers an extraordinary view of gender, sexuality, female rivalry and bonding in a historical context (1920s China) that bears some political relevance to the present time.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
March 28, 2006
Funcionando tanto como drama quanto como alegoria, o filme desenvolve seu tema com uma fotografia não apenas belíssima, mas também simbólica.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
A beautifully crafted and richly detailed feat of consciousness-raising and a serious drama with the verve of a good soap opera.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Stephen Farber
Movieline
January 9, 2002
The film is always engrossing.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
Gong Li delivers a performance of exquisite expressiveness that, like the film itself, is unnerving in its emotional nakedness.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
A defining example of Chinese movie-making and one of the best films of the '90s.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
The film is a bit slow in places, but it's so involving that the audience probably won't mind.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Raise the Red Lantern is like some exotic hothouse specimen that's beautiful to the eye yet caustic to the touch.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

TV Guide's Movie Guide
January 1, 2000
A masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
In purely aesthetic terms, Raise the Red Lantern is breathtaking.
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John Hartl
Film.com
January 1, 2000
A near-perfect movie that often recalls the visual purity and intensity of silent films.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
A Chinese film of voluptuous physical beauty and angry passions.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
The story never amounts to much more than a rather tepid Chinese rendition of The Women.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
May 19, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
April 13, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
January 13, 2005
| Original Score: 5/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
November 19, 2004
| Original Score: 5/5
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