Spring Fever (Chun feng chen zui de ye wan) Reviews

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
May 15, 2009
We're supposed to feel some kind of infinite sadness about our existential loneliness and vulnerability; but what I felt, despite a scattering of strong scenes, was a growing impatience both with the characters and the trite message.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/6
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Mike D'Angelo
AV Club
May 16, 2009
I think there's meant to be a tender love story buried somewhere in all this remote melodrama, but none of the five major characters makes the slightest impression.
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
August 1, 2010
The film becomes a confused pantomime of fear and disaffection, succumbing to a torpidness from which it never recovers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jamie Graham
Total Film
May 15, 2009
Some of it hits home, raw and emotional. Other sequences (a karaoke scene, moony shots of Nanjing) thrum with a tender melancholy. Most of it, though, is boring, nonsensical and off-puttingly convinced of its own worth.
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
July 15, 2010
Its examination of identity and loneliness begins to feel like a soap opera season boiled down into one very long episode with too much happening.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Derek Elley
Variety
May 15, 2009
This overlong and very Euro-flavored "Spring" won't make many B.O. wickets bloom.
David Noh
Film Journal International
August 6, 2010
This tale of gay men and their woes in China is courageous, but too self-consciously directed and lugubriously uninvolving.
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
December 9, 2010
Artful, dreary, and pointless -- it's time for Lou Ye to lighten up.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Dan Kois
Village Voice
August 3, 2010
For long stretches of this tantalizing, romantic, aggravating film -- until just before its extremely satisfying ending, in fact -- I wished Lou had caught a little spring fever himself, cranked up the volume, and turned on the lights.
Howard Feinstein
Screen International
May 14, 2009
Director Lou Ye, aided by Zeng Jian's astonishing camerawork, manages to hit a poignant note with floral imagery in Spring Fever.
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Maggie Lee
Hollywood Reporter
May 15, 2009
This film is a considerable improvement as it generates intensity through the extreme intimacy among its minimalist cast.
Sukhdev Sandhu
Daily Telegraph
May 15, 2009
Lou, helped by Zeng Jian's striking camerawork, captures very well the mood of drift and fragmentation in modern-day urban China. Compelling and messy in equal measure, it's a cine-letter to the future.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kent Turner
Film-Forward.com
August 5, 2010
The poppy soundtrack in the clubs scenes and a karaoke bar scene proves NoŽl Coward's observation, "Strange how potent cheap music is."
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
August 6, 2010
Portrays contemporary China as a seething hotbed of erotic curiosity and discontent.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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David Fear
Time Out
August 4, 2010
So what do you do once the Chinese authorities forbid you from making movies for five years?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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