Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
October 27, 2006
Its relentless sentimentality soon turns disingenuous.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Ella Taylor
Village Voice
September 8, 2006
... strangely flat.
Jeremiah Kipp
Slant Magazine
August 31, 2006
This one's a long, slow ride down an all too familiar road.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Robert Koehler
Christian Science Monitor
August 31, 2006
A terribly sentimentalized account of a Japanese father's quest to understand what captured the interest and imagination of his estranged son.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Chris Cabin
Filmcritic.com
August 31, 2006
trades for the well-tread territory that Hallmark built its name on.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Phil Hall
Film Threat
August 25, 2006
Minor offering from Zhang Yimou.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
November 10, 2006
Ken Takakura's memorable performance, occasional light comedy and striking Chinese scenery don't keep Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles and its big message from being ponderous and affected.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Timothy Knight
Reel.com
September 1, 2006
It's a shame that Yimou didn't spend more time honing and refining his awkward narrative into a film that's ultimately greater than the sum of its many, emotionally engaging parts.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
June 15, 2006
The tear-jerking ending relies too much on a sobbing crowd of extras -- overall this is a gentle, perceptive but not highly original film.
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
September 1, 2006
The mushy script, co-written by Zhang, never rises above that of a TV soap opera.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
September 22, 2006
A film about human disconnectedness fails to connect -- or, more precisely, the eventual connections seem a bit forced and a tad maudlin.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
September 22, 2006
Though lovely and scenic, it drones for thousands of miles.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
September 22, 2006
Slow and pretty and essentially unsatisfying.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
September 22, 2006
The often stunningly raw landscapes and scenes of village life cannot entirely make the film more than exotically accessible, although themes are spelled out, as if by translation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Maria Garcia
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
The director fails to overcome a script that ignores the backstory of the characters, and that agonizingly details minor subplots.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
December 6, 2006
...gorgeously photographed and, like Babel, a subtly organized commentary on the ways people strive to communicate.
Full Review | Original Score: 91/100
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
November 23, 2006
Yeah, yeah. Cue the violin music. But also grab a tissue, because the film levels far more of an impact than you might expect.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
August 30, 2009
A profound example of unashamed feeling expanding across cultural barriers
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
August 31, 2006
Chinese director Zhang Yimou and Japanese actor Ken Takakura pull off a heartwarming tale of love and forgiveness.
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net
August 30, 2006
Zhang Yimou perfectly blends emotional real life drama and humorous charm to create another wondrous masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Janos Gereben
Entertainment Insiders
October 18, 2008
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Russell Edwards
Variety
October 18, 2008
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
December 30, 2006
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