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A Brighter Summer Day Reviews

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Gary Shannon
The Young Folks
June 5, 2016
A Brighter Summer Day is a cinematic soul search, a hulking beast of a film that can only meagerly be described as epic.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Ray Pride
May 18, 2016
Politics and movies and fathers and sons and mothers and daughters and first love and scorching, insensate first jealousy... almost hallucinatory violence that feels like Greek tragedy and Proust and Shakespeare and electric shadows.
Jordan Hoffman
March 9, 2016
Yang's graceful, naturalistic way of inserting politically fraught signifiers into his characters' hands could teach other film-makers a thing or two.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Simon Abrams
Village Voice
March 8, 2016
You won't relish the thought of spending four hours with Si'r, but A Brighter Summer Day will leave you wanting even more.
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
March 7, 2016
Yang's methods bring a melancholy tenderness to his recollections. He films intricately staged action in long takes of a rueful, contemplative reserve.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
August 27, 2012
Masterly done four-hour loosely based autobiographical film of the late Taiwan filmmaker Edward Yang.
Full Review | Original Score: A
David Noh
Film Journal International
December 1, 2011
Magnificent achievement by the late Edward Yang pushes him even higher in the pantheon of great directors.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
November 27, 2011
One of those movies that, by slow accretion of detail and bold dramatic vision, disclose the structure and feeling of an entire world.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
September 8, 2007
Yang's film doesn't waste a single second of its four hours, and taken as a whole, reveals a beautiful, intricate, masterful tapestry that is as accomplished in its grand, quiet way as is The Godfather trilogy.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
The measured pace may be off-putting, but stay with it -- the accumulated wealth of detail invests the unexpected final scenes with enormous, shocking power.
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
April 4, 2004
A Brighter Summer Day is itself in color, but it may as well be monochrome.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4

May 24, 2003
Zhang Zhen is impressive as the youth caught up in violence and gang rivalry, his troubled adolescence a metaphor for the increasingly changing ideals and landscape of a society in flux.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
November 26, 2002
A powerful statement from Yang's generation about what it means to be Taiwanese, superior even to his recent masterpiece Yi Yi.
Jeremy Heilman
November 25, 2002
A Brighter Summer Day stands as a massive achievement, perhaps the greatest in all of modern Taiwanese cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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