Zhou Yu's Train Reviews

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 29, 2005
...lovely and slight
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
September 17, 2004
Zhou Yu's Train has its strengths, but it's clearly no bullet train.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
September 17, 2004
A knotty, dreamy paean to romantic longing, Zhou Yu's Train is at once ravishing and precise.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
August 27, 2004
A terrific film.
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Susan Walker
Toronto Star
August 13, 2004
Zhou Yu's Train is less than the sum of its very impressive parts, which are scattered on to the screen so haphazardly as to make it nearly impossible to mentally assemble the chronology of the story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Bruce Kirkland
Jam! Movies
August 13, 2004
What it lacks in depth and substance, the Chinese film Zhou Yu's Train makes up for in mood and elegance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 13, 2004
It's passionate, romantic, beautiful enough to inspire poetry, and extremely sad.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Charles Ealy
Dallas Morning News
August 12, 2004
A dreamy ride worth taking.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
July 29, 2004
I cannot argue with critics who found the film pretentious and inflated, but I somehow enjoyed it for its deification of the female on her endless journey to eventual oblivion.
Brent Simon
Entertainment Today
July 26, 2004
A reticent but luminous meditation on love and desire.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle
July 23, 2004
The back-and-forth approach can be confusing, but it doesn't obscure the picture's chief ideas.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Joshua Tanzer
Offoffoff
July 18, 2004
A nimble, playful piece of moviemaking - and still, somehow, a bit of a drag.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
July 16, 2004
Watching Sun Zhou's romantic drama Zhou Yu's Train is like reading a poem -- not a great poem, or an entirely clear one, but one that occasionally blooms into beauty, with images that can take the reader's breath away.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
July 16, 2004
Breathtakingly filmed.
| Original Score: 3/4
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
July 16, 2004
A perceptive, honest and, yes, romantic inquiry into the difficult nature of love in modern, rapidly changing China. Or anywhere, at anytime, really.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
July 15, 2004
It's pretty French for a Chinese movie, this bittersweet apparition of a flick...
Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
July 15, 2004
Enchanting and mesmerizing film, in which reality is often mistaken for a dream.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
July 15, 2004
Emerges gradually as a lyrical contemplation of the often ambiguous yet persistent nature of love through an intricate structure that fragments the narrative as it moves back and forth through time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
July 15, 2004
Zhou Yu's Train stars the incomparable Gong Li as a modern Chinese woman going back and forth between two men who feel unequal to her mystery and her beauty.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
July 15, 2004
It's classy, delicate whimsy, a testament to the way romantic love, however unsatisfied, continues to drive itself.
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
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Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
September 24, 2004

Boston Phoenix
August 28, 2004
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