Has lots of pop energy and an admirable poker-face when it comes to its Douglas Sirk-ian storyline. And even though it's essentially a Frankenstein's monster stitched together from a zillion other movies, you really haven't seen anything like it.
[Director] Sasanatieng engages the viewer's emotions fully in the squaring away of the eternal triangle, involving young people who emerge as three-dimensional individuals even though they are archetypal.
What the story lacks in snap, it makes up for in sincerity. [The film's] melodrama is so poker-faced and its gore so explicit (if phony-looking) that it's hard to tell whether you're dealing with the Thai Todd Haynes or the Thai Sam Peckinpah.
The uncut Tears of the Black Tiger is more powerful than the cut version, not least for the way it shows that [director Wisit] Sasanatieng, even amid all the craziness, takes care to tie up even the loopiest plot details.
Nothing is too crazed, corny or freakishly florid for Tears of the Black Tiger. Together with cinematographer Nattawut Kittikhun, Sasanatieng dyed his images through digital postproduction, pushing colors to impossible hues of eccentric radiance.