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

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B

September 7, 2011
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film

With its beautiful look and haunting themes and sublime performances, Raise The Red Lantern is Yimou's master work.

Full Review Source: Eye for Film | Original Score: 5/5

December 7, 2007
Rob Nelson
Village Voice
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Visually ravishing and emotionally cold, Zhang's third feature is one long series of pushes and pulls.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

February 27, 2007
Emanuel Levy

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 Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: A

October 31, 2006
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

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

March 28, 2006
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

| Original Score: 4/5

May 19, 2005
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly

| Original Score: 4/5

April 13, 2005
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals

| Original Score: 5/5

January 13, 2005
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

| Original Score: 5/5

November 19, 2004
Jurgen Fauth

| Original Score: 4/5

October 8, 2003
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal

| Original Score: 5/5

August 22, 2003
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

| Original Score: 4/5

June 21, 2003
Janet Maslin
New York Times
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A beautifully crafted and richly detailed feat of consciousness-raising and a serious drama with the verve of a good soap opera.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4.5/5

May 20, 2003
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

| Original Score: 5/5

September 3, 2002
Stephen Farber

The film is always engrossing.

Full Review Source: Movieline

January 9, 2002
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Gong Li delivers a performance of exquisite expressiveness that, like the film itself, is unnerving in its emotional nakedness.

May 12, 2001
James Berardinelli
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A defining example of Chinese movie-making and one of the best films of the '90s.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 4/4

January 1, 2000
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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A Chinese film of voluptuous physical beauty and angry passions.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 4/4

January 1, 2000
John Hartl
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A near-perfect movie that often recalls the visual purity and intensity of silent films.

January 1, 2000
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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In purely aesthetic terms, Raise the Red Lantern is breathtaking.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 1, 2000
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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June 18, 2011
John Thomason
Orlando Weekly
July 26, 2007
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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June 24, 2006
David Neo
Senses of Cinema
November 1, 2004
Mark Freeman
Critical Eye

January 24, 2004
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