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Zhou Yu's Train Reviews

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Time Out
February 9, 2006
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Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 19, 2004
Li fails to stoke much heat in Sun Zhou's pretentious and symbolic love triangle.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Marta Barber
Miami Herald
September 24, 2004
Beautiful to look at but aimless as a broken compass.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
September 24, 2004
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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
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
August 27, 2004
This is one of those languid numbers where slow motion -- and there's lots of it -- is meant to signify poetry, and a line like 'I know my lake is artificial, but it's full of water' is supposed to seem lyrical.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
August 27, 2004
The effort required at the end of Zhou Yu's Train to sort out exactly what just went down isn't worth the payoff.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
August 27, 2004
A terrific film.
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
August 19, 2004
We're too busy trying to figure out who's who and what's what, when we should be ruminating on the multiple implications of an intimate story of love's labors lost.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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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
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
August 13, 2004
Much of the rest that goes on in Zhou Yu's Train feels needlessly overinflated.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 6, 2004
A pointlessly convoluted version of a love story that would really be very simple, if anyone in the movie possessed common sense.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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.
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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
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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
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
July 16, 2004
A ticket to this movie is a season's pass on that train -- and you must complete every ride.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Dave Kehr
New York Times
July 15, 2004
Built out of bits and pieces of successful Chinese films of the recent past, this syrupy romance comes to seem less a movie than a memory of movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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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
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John Anderson
Newsday
July 15, 2004
Deeply felt but overly hyperbolic romance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
July 14, 2004
By the end of the drowsy journey, the characters are indistinguishable from the scenery.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Richard James Havis
Hollywood Reporter
July 13, 2004
Sun spends so much time on the mood and atmosphere that he forgets about the story.
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David Blaylock
Village Voice
July 13, 2004
The love triangle among pottery maker Zhou Yu (Gong Li), her long-distance poet paramour (Tony Leung Ka Fai), and her fellow traveler (Honglei Sun) devolves from opaque mystery into boring melodramatics and incoherent contrivances.
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Derek Elley
Variety
July 7, 2004
Though the pic makes little sense at a concrete level, Sun and his script collabs manage to keep the wispy craft afloat for 90 minutes through sheer cinematic sleight-of-hand.