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A Simple Life Reviews

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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
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International
April 13, 2012
Moving character study from noted filmmaker Ann Hui.
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
April 12, 2012
Though overlong, Hui's valentine never milks the drama for tears, maintaining an unsentimental focus on the central duo's playful chemistry and the loving way Ah Tao's attention to detail is repaid.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Rachel Saltz
New York Times
April 12, 2012
Ms. Hui, a rare successful female director in the Hong Kong film industry, drew her story from real events, and the movie retains a tonic flavor of the everyday: its drama unfolds simply, without explosive moments but not without emotion
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Ernest Hardy
Village Voice
April 10, 2012
Gingerly peels layer after layer of sharp insights into the dynamics of familial love, using compassion and droll humor as its tools.
Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine
April 10, 2012
A Simple Life is moving and well made, but it could use a little emotional grit and, while we're at it, a sense of humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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