Together (He ni zai yi qi) Reviews

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Aaron Hillis
Premiere Magazine
May 30, 2003
It may be a crowd-pleasing escapism, but it's that feel-good shmaltz that ultimately plays the film off-key.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
June 13, 2003
A movie that speaks the universal language of schmaltz.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
March 19, 2006
Never wavers from its serviceably warm and fuzzy path.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 30, 2003
Chen restrains his movie; he polishes it to the point of a high glossy shine -- but it emerges with no imperfections to look at. There's nothing to make it human.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 30, 2003
Reeks of sentimentality and mawkish characterizations.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Dennis Lim
Village Voice
May 27, 2003
Mawkishly clichéd.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
June 6, 2003
Denuded of the finery of history, politics, and sex, Chen seems innocently naked. That sort of openness is the point of Together. Yet the film doesn't amount to an emotionally palpable experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
June 12, 2003
Underneath the exotic gloss, it's still the same old song MGM mogul Louis B. Mayer sold us in the 1940s.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
June 13, 2003
It's disappointing to watch a filmmaker as gifted as Chen put his talents into the service of a story as blatantly sentimental, stereotypical and unoriginal as Together.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
June 5, 2003
To watch Chen Kaige's 'Together' is to see an interesting tale unfold beyond a pane of cracked and muddy glass.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
May 29, 2003
Save your money on the mediocre movie and buy the sublime music CD instead.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Shlomo Schwartzberg
Boxoffice Magazine
March 10, 2003
In the end, a promising, exciting film has been rendered ordinary.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
May 26, 2003
It doesn't have very much to say, but doesn't offend in its inconsequence.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide
May 29, 2003
It's shamelessly sentimental and hardly on a par with Chen's best work, but it does offer an interesting critique of China's evolving economy and newly minted consumer class, which appears to be as shallow and image obsessed as its Western counterpart.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
May 31, 2003
Prodigy-as -confused-angel jobs like this and Good Will Hunting may make for uplifting fables, but they sure cheapen art in order to do it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
June 5, 2003
Torpid, syrupy melodrama.
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
June 6, 2003
Kaige's movie is in the long tradition of sentimental slop about musical dreamers.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy
June 26, 2003
Like Shine minus the child abuse.
| Original Score: 5/10
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Ray Conlogue
Globe and Mail
June 27, 2003
If you're in the mood for tears and triumph, with a dash of exoticism, Together may well be the film for you.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
June 29, 2003
The performances are all terrific, but Together never jells as a compelling narrative.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Adam Nayman
eye WEEKLY
July 8, 2003

Guardian
January 15, 2004
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