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The Vertical Ray of the Sun (At the Height of Summer) (Mua he chieu thang dung) Reviews

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Christopher Null
July 21, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Jamie Gillies
Apollo Guide
January 12, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 58/100
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
July 17, 2001
Plays like an uneventful three hundredth episode of a soap opera that you've never seen before.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Joe Mader
Hollywood Reporter
May 25, 2001
The director's penchant for pretty pictures and his insistence on making Hanoi into Eden, where only passions intrude, ultimately lessens his story and characters.
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide
July 5, 2001
This slow paced, beautiful film about three sisters and their shifting relationships with the men in their lives is strangely unfulfilling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
July 5, 2001
Ultimately a remote, emotionally parched piece whose refinement seems curiously at odds with its narrative.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Laura Kelly
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
September 7, 2001
Gorgeous but oddly unprovoking endeavor.
Top Critic
Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
September 21, 2001
The film's minimalism works against it.
Top Critic
Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
October 30, 2001
| Original Score: 2/4
Mark Halverson
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 14, 2001
The Vertical Ray of Sun is beautiful, languorous, passive -- it plays like background music for itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
September 13, 2001
So gorgeous you'd swear it was art-directed by whoever puts together the spare, tasteful Pottery Barn catalog.
Chris Barsanti
Film Threat
November 12, 2003
a gorgeous dream half-remembered.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Top Critic
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
October 30, 2001
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
July 16, 2001
Clearly the work of a master poet.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
July 13, 2001
Tran Anh Hung's cinema of expression seduces our senses and draws us into this Chekhovian drama.
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
August 7, 2001
Tran Anh Hung and his cinematographer Mark Lee Ping-Bin linger over and repeat the small gestures of everyday life
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
September 27, 2001
The story is pure melodrama but Tran photographs it with a sense of grace that doesn't judge...
Full Review | Original Score: B
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 11, 2002
A fascinating film.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Jeremy Heilman
March 5, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
October 30, 2001
Top Critic
David Stratton
October 18, 2008
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
October 30, 2001
Top Critic
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
January 26, 2006
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 21, 2002
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
October 30, 2001
Elizabeth Wright
Senses of Cinema
October 30, 2001
Jun Kim
October 30, 2001
Alexander Walker
This is London
December 15, 2003

Sight and Sound
October 30, 2001

October 30, 2001

Orlando Weekly
November 2, 2001

Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012
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