2046 (2005) - Rotten Tomatoes

2046 (2005)



Critic Consensus: Director Wong Kar-Wai has created in 2046 another visually stunning, atmospheric, and melancholy movie about unrequited love and loneliness.

Movie Info

He was a writer. He thought he wrote about the future, but it really was the past. In his novel, a mysterious train left for 2046 every once in a while. Everyone who went there had the same intention -- to recapture lost memories. It was said that in 2046, nothing ever changed. Nobody knew for sure whether it was true, because nobody who went there had ever come back -- except for one. He was there. He chose to leave. He wanted to change.more
Rating: R (for sexual content)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Art House & International, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Kar-Wai Wong
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 26, 2005
Box Office: $1.2M
Sony Pictures Classics - Official Site


Li Gong
as Su Li Zhen
Faye Wong
as Wang Jingwen/wjw 196...
Ziyi Zhang
as Bai Ling
Carina Lau
as Lulu/Mimi
Chen Chang
as Mimi cc 1966
Wang Sum
as Mr. Wang/Train Capta...
Siu Ping-lam
as Ah Ping
Dong Jie
as Wang Jiewen
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Critic Reviews for 2046

All Critics (115) | Top Critics (36)

The result is a sumptuous time-teasing story.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Top Critic

The romantic fatalism is so lush that you're invited to get lost in it.

Full Review… | June 6, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Quite simply an incomparably sublime work of art, a triumph of lyricism over narrative in the cinema, and the most exquisite homage to the beauty of women it has ever been my privilege to witness on the screen.

Full Review… | April 25, 2007
New York Observer
Top Critic

It may help if you grasp the many allusions to Wong's earlier films (including, notably, Days of Being Wild), but it's far from necessary. This, after all, is undeniably real cinema.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Wong offers an artful meditation on the nature of love, making effective use of color schemes (yellows, greens and reds), placid shotmaking and diverse music to deliver a sultry portrait of postwar Hong Kong.

Full Review… | October 13, 2005
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

As memorable and emotionally intense as any of Wong's films. It's a mood as much as a movie.

Full Review… | September 26, 2005
AV Club
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for 2046

An intoxicating and satisfying loose sequel to the brilliant "In the Mood for Love." Wai manages to tap into that same tonal vein as the predecessor. But rather than exploiting an old feeling, he manages to breathe new life in it, which is one of the highest praises that I can give a sequel. The acting is superb as well with Maggie Cheung and Zhang Ziyi really delivering outstanding performances.
I don't recommend watching this as a stand alone picture as I think one would find it hard to care about Tony Leung's character without knowing what took place in the previous film.
Put 2046 in the end of your Wong Kar Wai marathon. It isn't his best, but is great for fans who want to spent a little more time with a characters they came to love so dearly.
As they say in the film, 2046 is a place to recapture lost memories. Wai eloquently does this in 2046 and makes them feel fresh again.

Reid Volk

Super Reviewer

Labored and overly fanciful.

Jennifer Xu

Super Reviewer


Except for the visual excellency, this movie sucked at more levels than it worked. Owing to its high IMDb rating and having heard too many positive responses, I decided to check it out. But little did I know that it's going to be a yawn-inducing love story. The movie must be good, but it didn't work out well for me. I can't sit through movies falling under this genre, all the more when they're told in a wannabe-extraordinary way.

familiar stranger

Super Reviewer


Chow Mo Wan: Love is all a matter of timing. Its no good meeting the right person too soon or too late.
– Submitted by Alexandar T (14 months ago)

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