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2046 Reviews

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Bob Mondello
NPR.org
October 18, 2008
The result is a sumptuous time-teasing story.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
June 6, 2007
The romantic fatalism is so lush that you're invited to get lost in it.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
April 25, 2007
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.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
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.
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
October 13, 2005
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.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
September 26, 2005
As memorable and emotionally intense as any of Wong's films. It's a mood as much as a movie.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
September 9, 2005
[Zhang's] identity is so strong that it seems to hold the story together most of the time; it really should have been only about her.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
September 2, 2005
This long, gorgeous, occasionally maddening movie is the work of a hopeless romantic who knows there is no pain as bittersweet -- or as haunting -- as the pain of a broken heart.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
September 2, 2005
As someone who admires Wong's ambition and skill, I'm able to give 2046 only a halfhearted recommendation.
| Original Score: B-
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
September 2, 2005
In a film that likes teasing mysteries, the greatest revelation is Ziyi Zhang.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 1, 2005
It's all terribly atmospheric, and if you're in the mood for atmosphere, 2046 delivers.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 1, 2005
It's like a sketchbook. These are images, tones, dialogue and characters that Wong is sure of, and he practices them, but he does not seem very sure why he is making the movie, or where it should end.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
September 1, 2005
At its best, it drenches the screen with sensuous poetry and touches a core of sadness.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
September 1, 2005
Think of it as a visual tone poem about longing and loss, a journey through a vale of luminously beautiful tears.
| Original Score: B+
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
August 26, 2005
2046 isn't entirely successful: It's very high-concept and can be difficult to follow. But when it was over, I immediately wanted to watch it again.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
August 26, 2005
Some directors wouldn't know a true love story if it smacked them in the face like a big sloppy kiss.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 25, 2005
The film is a beautiful reverie, a kind of poem about lovers briefly glimpsed and never forgotten.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle
August 19, 2005
Lovelorn loneliness has never been this mouth-watering.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
August 19, 2005
Long, enigmatic, rapturously beautiful meditation on romance and remembrance.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
August 15, 2005
Wong's admirers, like those of Stanley Kubrick, thrill to his visual dictatorship, but in both instances the inquiry into passion can seem a weirdly impassive affair.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
August 12, 2005
It is best to think of 2046 as a series of short stories, pulp fiction penned by a master mood-setter.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
August 12, 2005
A beautifully flawed film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
August 8, 2005
I think it's a beautiful piece of work.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
August 5, 2005
Among the most beautiful and most mysterious movies I've ever seen.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
August 5, 2005
If only the movie's pace were a little quicker, its compositions a little less studied -- and those sci-fi interruptions simply missing -- 2046 would be perfect.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
August 5, 2005
2046 is a bit overlong and not for all tastes, but fans of In the Mood for Love will relish this second helping, which is more emotionally substantial than the first.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
August 5, 2005
Like Wong's past films, 2046 is lovely to behold, elegantly moody and rich in atmospherics.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
August 4, 2005
A gorgeous, fevered dream of a movie that blends recollection, imagination and temporal dislocation to create an emotional portrait of chaos in the aftermath of heartbreak.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
August 4, 2005
The result is an unqualified triumph.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
August 4, 2005
The editors of Mad Magazine could have had a ball satirizing Wong Kar Wai's gaseous cavalcade of pretentiousness, 2046, if the filmmaker hadn't gotten there first.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
August 4, 2005
It all sounds dense and intriguing in Wong's patented, meta-Proustian manner and, of course, the movie has so much style to burn that those seated close to the screen may wish for asbestos jackets.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
August 3, 2005
Want to see a great kiss? There's one in 2046, between Tony Leung Chiu-wai and Gong Li.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
August 3, 2005
As a cinematic bath for the senses, it's a rush, a swoon.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
August 2, 2005
A sweaty, teeming, hot-to-the-touch life-swarm of a movie.
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Derek Elley
Variety
June 1, 2004
Mainland actress Zhang Ziyi proves she's a star of major range and luminosity ... while Hong Kong leading man Tony Leung Chiu-wai carries the pic with the charm of a young Clark Gable.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
May 22, 2004
The stilted dialogue and a mostly stagnant story line gum up the works.