Ni na bian ji dian (What Time Is It Over There?) Reviews

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Derek Smith
Cinematic Reflections
October 24, 2004
The film's understated humor and relatable character's steer us towards feelings of compassion and understanding, rather than pity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
July 2, 2003
Wise and deadpan humorous.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Jason Anderson
eye WEEKLY
March 25, 2003
A funny and moving meditation on yearning, mourning and the vagaries of time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tony Rayns
Sight and Sound
August 8, 2002
Tsai may be ploughing the same furrow once too often.
Jamie Russell
BBC.com
June 11, 2002
If you've the patience, there are great rewards here.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
May 2, 2002
The careful compositions in the Taiwanese What Time Is It There? give us plenty of time to search for meaning and to wonder what the movie is trying to say.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
March 30, 2002
Has moments of quiet power and others of almost slapstick charm, and it's so elegantly fashioned that it's difficult to take one's eyes from the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 28, 2002
While its careful pace and seemingly opaque story may not satisfy every moviegoer's appetite, the film's final scene is soaringly, transparently moving.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
March 22, 2002
Tsai's confidence in the deep power of silence drives home the film's inner convictions. Its surface works coolly, intriguingly and, happily, feebly in opposition to the heart of the matter.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
March 21, 2002
At times, Tsai's approach makes viewing this film like watching paint dry, but what a sublime design it makes.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Gary Dowell
Dallas Morning News
March 21, 2002
Alternates between deadpan comedy and heartbreaking loneliness and isn't afraid to provoke introspection in both its characters and its audience.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
March 13, 2002
Mr. Tsai is a very original artist in his medium, and What Time Is It There? should be seen at the very least for its spasms of absurdist humor.
Shawn Levy
Oregonian
March 8, 2002
His best film remains his shortest, The Hole, which makes many of the points that this film does but feels less repetitive.
Jeremy Heilman
MovieMartyr.com
March 5, 2002
Tsai convincingly paints a specifically urban sense of disassociation here.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye
March 4, 2002
Inherently caustic and oddly whimsical, the film chimes in on the grieving process and strangely draws the audience into the unexplainable pain and eccentricities that are attached to the concept of loss.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 1, 2002
What Time Is It There? is not easy. It haunts you, you can't forget it, you admire its conception and are able to resolve some of the confusions you had while watching it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
February 26, 2002
...the gentle melding of drama and comedy makes "What Time Is It There?" something the true film buff will enjoy.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
February 25, 2002
an Asian film that incarnates Brazilian saudade
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
February 8, 2002
A rare film that actually expands and deepens in the memory when its time on screen has run out.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Steven Winn
San Francisco Chronicle
February 4, 2002
The weight of the film's opaque, numbingly studied details ... is oppressive.
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