A Simple Life Reviews

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Chris Sawin
February 27, 2013
Driven by the fantastic performances of Andy Lau and Deanie Ip and its authentic writing, A Simple Life is the type of film you pop in to remind yourself that there is hope for the human race.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Alan Bett
The Skinny
November 8, 2012
eteran Director Ann Hui paints in delicate strokes, but while this may seem soft he is playing with powerful emotions.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
August 22, 2012
Not since The Diving Bell and the Butterfly earned cinematographer Janusz Kaminski (Schindler's List) another Oscar nomination in 2008 has there been such a good film about incapacity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Miles Fielder
The List
August 16, 2012
Compassionate but never sentimental, heartfelt but not tear-jerking and at once very funny and deeply moving.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
August 9, 2012
[T]he sort of film in which every detail feels unforced but essential.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 9, 2012
Here is a film with the clarity of fresh stream water, flowing without turmoil to shared destiny. No plot gimmicks. No twists and turns. Just a simple life.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Philip French
Observer [UK]
August 5, 2012
It's a gentle, flawlessly observed picture, moving but never sentimental, about getting old, fulfilling familial duties, killing time and being killed by time.
Tara Brady
Irish Times
August 3, 2012
In keeping with the title and the heroine, A Simple Life is a straightforward and unassuming gem.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph
August 3, 2012
Perturbing truths about old age nestle inside an outwardly sentimental shell - it's a less cosy or placid prospect than it seems.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Allan Hunter
Daily Express
August 3, 2012
It is a quite lovely film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Bradshaw
August 2, 2012
A sad and sombre film that uses a plangent piano soundtrack to tug at the heartstrings, but tempers this with a downbeat reality.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
August 2, 2012
Earnest glow and slowly progressing torpor, like a dying nuclear fuel rod.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Basia Cummings
Little White Lies
August 2, 2012
A film that will fill you with a sense of hope, and a glimpse into the realities of life in modern Hong Kong.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jennifer Tate
August 1, 2012
This poignant and emotional relationship study between an ageing servant and her employer requires more punch and focus, but is still a tender and heartfelt piece of drama with outstanding lead performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Simon Crook
Empire Magazine
August 1, 2012
Director Hui shows a different side to Hong Kong cinema in a tender drama that's illuminated by the marvellous Ip.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
July 31, 2012
An exquisite and wise moment of celluloid portraiture.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
June 4, 2012
Well-acted, deeply human and emotionally resonating.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.95/10
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
April 27, 2012
...a compelling yet uneven piece of work.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mark Jenkins
Washington Post
April 20, 2012
Often poignant but leavened with humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
April 19, 2012
Hui depicts the passage of time and the poignancies of the past with subtle, elliptical episodes, and the film draws on deep emotions without succumbing to sentimentality.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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