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Zui hao de shi guang (Three Times) Reviews

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James Berardinelli
April 25, 2006
While it's impossible to deny that the film is interesting and unique, it's not the kind of motion picture that will cause the average viewer to run out and urge his friends to make a trip to one of the obscure art houses where it's playing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
April 27, 2006
According to one American critic, Three Times is 'why cinema exists.' Only if you think that cinema has no higher calling that presenting a long series of gorgeously lit closeups of beautiful actresses are you likely to agree.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Digby Lewis
August 1, 2006
Hsiao-Hsien reinforces his excellent cinematography with a bold use of music, featuring The Platters' Smoke Gets In Your Eyes, but ultimately the running time could have been halved and he would still have made his point.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Michele Kenner
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
September 1, 2006
Carefully crafted and bereft of dialogue, Three Times sets the bar high with its opening salvo but can't sustain the momentum.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Richard James Havis
Hollywood Reporter
October 6, 2005
In spite of its undeniable aesthetic and cinematic value, though, the film lacks the emotional engagement and social importance of [the director's] classic work of the 1980s and early '90s.
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette
May 1, 2006
This film was designed to win film festival prizes and leave the regular audiences in the dust.
| Original Score: 2/5
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
June 9, 2006
Filmmaker Hou Hsiao-Hsien tries to tell three tales of romance during different parts of the 20th and 21st centuries. But he winds up stretching a modestly interesting premise out too long -- over more than two hours.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 23, 2006
Three varieties of love: unfulfilled, mercenary, meaningless. All photographed with such visual beauty that watching the movie is like holding your breath so the butterfly won't stir.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
May 19, 2006
Can a film be exquisite and, at the same time, less than one hoped for? This question arose as Three Times unfolded.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Aaron Hillis
Premiere Magazine
October 8, 2005
[The first segment's] long-take linearity and use of classic Western pop songs (especially "Rain and Tears") is wondrously hypnotic and just about perfect.
Leo Goldsmith
Reverse Shot
August 6, 2006
Assembles all of the major settings of the last 20 years of Hou's career into a single portmanteau of miscommunication and frustrated ardor.
Fernando F. Croce
August 30, 2009
Chris Barsanti
May 2, 2006
While he's never received the same adulation in the West as Wong Kar-Wai ... Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-Hsien is his equal when it comes to mapping desire and loss.
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
October 4, 2005
An act of auteurist self-reflexivity in keeping with the director's belief in the powerful influence of history on the here and now.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
April 27, 2006
The first section of "Three Times" is fabulous; the second is fascinating if remote; and the third a jangly, modernist mess.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
April 25, 2006
A trilogy of desire from the Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-hsien in which the same actress and actor play variations on lovers in three distinct historical periods.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Beth Accomando
October 28, 2006
Hou Hsiao Hsien is quite simply one of the world's premier filmmakers yet his films are lucky to play a few festival dates here in the U.S.
| Original Score: 10/10
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
June 23, 2006
Seen in isolation, the first episode has the most satisfying plot and the last the least. But the film's achievement lies mostly in the beautifully articulated similarities and differences among the three.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 4, 2006
Love is messy, desperate, inconclusive and wonderful -- even for little moments -- in any time. And Hou has done it justice with this new masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 30, 2006
a meditation on how words, poetry and music connect us to time, place and each other
Full Review | Original Score: B+
John Thomason
Orlando Weekly
October 5, 2006
Peter Bradshaw
September 23, 2006
Stuart Klawans
The Nation
November 11, 2006
Michael Dwyer
Irish Times
January 5, 2007
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
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Time Out
August 3, 2006
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