Opening

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41% If I Stay Aug 22
18% When The Game Stands Tall Aug 22
8% Are You Here Aug 22
96% Love Is Strange Aug 22

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92% Guardians of the Galaxy $25.1M
15% Let's Be Cops $17.8M
34% The Expendables 3 $15.9M
32% The Giver $12.3M
20% Into The Storm $7.9M
65% The Hundred-Foot Journey $7.2M
65% Lucy $5.5M
39% Step Up: All In $2.7M
61% Hercules $2.1M

Coming Soon

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—— As Above/So Below Aug 29
86% The Congress Aug 29
67% Life Of Crime Aug 29

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18% Intruders: Season 1

New Episodes Tonight

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—— Jonah From Tonga: Season 1
86% The Knick: Season 1

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

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Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 2.5/5

July 21, 2002
Jamie Gillies
Apollo Guide

Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 58/100

January 12, 2002
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews

Plays like an uneventful three hundredth episode of a soap opera that you've never seen before.

Full Review Source: Internet Reviews | Original Score: 2/4

July 17, 2001
Joe Mader
Hollywood Reporter
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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.

May 25, 2001
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide

This slow paced, beautiful film about three sisters and their shifting relationships with the men in their lives is strangely unfulfilling.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3/5

July 5, 2001
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

Ultimately a remote, emotionally parched piece whose refinement seems curiously at odds with its narrative.

Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion | Original Score: C

July 5, 2001
Laura Kelly
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Gorgeous but oddly unprovoking endeavor.

September 7, 2001
Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
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The film's minimalism works against it.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle

September 21, 2001
Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
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| Original Score: 2/4

October 30, 2001
Mark Halverson
Sacramento News & Review

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 2/5

August 7, 2008
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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The Vertical Ray of Sun is beautiful, languorous, passive -- it plays like background music for itself.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

September 14, 2001
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

So gorgeous you'd swear it was art-directed by whoever puts together the spare, tasteful Pottery Barn catalog.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press

September 13, 2001
Chris Barsanti
Film Threat

a gorgeous dream half-remembered.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 3.5/5

November 12, 2003
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Original Score: 3/4

October 30, 2001
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Clearly the work of a master poet.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid

July 16, 2001
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Tran Anh Hung's cinema of expression seduces our senses and draws us into this Chekhovian drama.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice

July 13, 2001
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

Tran Anh Hung and his cinematographer Mark Lee Ping-Bin linger over and repeat the small gestures of everyday life

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: A-

August 7, 2001
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

The story is pure melodrama but Tran photographs it with a sense of grace that doesn't judge...

Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Original Score: B

September 27, 2001
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A fascinating film.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B+

January 11, 2002
Jeremy Heilman
MovieMartyr.com

Full Review Source: MovieMartyr.com | Original Score: 3/4

March 5, 2002
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
October 30, 2001
David Stratton
Variety
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October 18, 2008
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
October 30, 2001
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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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
PopMatters
October 30, 2001
Alexander Walker
This is London
December 15, 2003

Sight and Sound
October 30, 2001

Guardian
October 30, 2001

Orlando Weekly
November 2, 2001

Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012
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