Together (He ni zai yi qi) Reviews

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Empire Magazine
April 1, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 29, 2005
...a small-scale movie set in modern Beijing that comes right up to the brink of mawkishness and is saved only by some residual inscrutability in the narrative.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 18, 2004
This film has wonderful music in it, and a pretty good story. The acting is solid and the cinematography is excellent.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jamie Russell
November 25, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
November 21, 2003
A powerful film that should have been much better.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Cornelius
November 19, 2003
Together is a drama of exceptional, elegant beauty... it's the kind of movie that makes you smile, that breaks your heart, that keeps you watching for more.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Don Willmott
November 17, 2003
a story of old China versus new, of the transforming power of music, and of the love between a father and his son
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
August 8, 2003
With gorgeous images by cinematographer Kim Hyungkoo and with Chen Kaige's observation of telling details, Together becomes a sweet story with a tart kick.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Susan Walker
Toronto Star
June 27, 2003
It's a touching film in which the actors, including director Chen Kaige in the role of Prof. Yu, deliver heart-touching performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
June 27, 2003
[Film-goers] are treated to lots of lovely music, both Western and Asian, as well as a vibrant look at the arts in modern China.
| Original Score: 8/10
Derek Tse
Jam! Movies
June 27, 2003
Together is a pretty good film, but is a story you've seen a thousand times at the movies.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
June 20, 2003
As the movie progresses, it builds in power, so that by the end you're helplessly invested in the triumphs of its young hero.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
June 19, 2003
The story is never boring, but it's never exciting, harrowing, or hilarious, either
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
June 16, 2003
[T]here's really everything to recommend in here; beautifully directed, wonderfully acted and it's just a great looking film.
Top Critic
James Berardinelli
June 14, 2003
It's undeniably a melodrama, but there's enough real emotion lurking beneath the manipulative tear jerking to make the movie a worthwhile and occasionally genuinely moving experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Greg Muskewitz
June 14, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kim Morgan
June 13, 2003
The film is potent enough to make you think. But it suffers from a lack of smoothness.
Kevin John Bozelka
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
June 13, 2003
What makes it all work in the end is the actors, especially Tang Yun as the child prodigy.
| Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
June 13, 2003
Beautiful, touching and shamelessly manipulative weeper.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
June 13, 2003
[Liu's] dreams may not be as vast or grandiose (or bloody) as other Chen characters, but they are immense, and immensely endearing, just the same.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006

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July 8, 2003
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