Ashes of Time Redux Reviews

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October 2, 2019
Convoluted, cryptic and confusing, but it looks and sounds amazing.
August 13, 2018
Without a comprehensible plot, Ashes of Time Redux feels like a waste of time.
February 29, 2016
...mostly this is a movie that wants to linger on mesmerizing movement.
June 1, 2015
If Wong Kar-wai's Ashes of Time Redux (2008) is not the most beautiful movie ever made, then at least its beauty is sufficient to obliterate, for the moment, the memory of all others.
August 30, 2009
It's hard to recommend a film as frustratingly inaccessible as this one, but if you go into the theater expecting a trip to an art gallery, you might be pleasantly surprised.
March 12, 2009
Redux clocks in at a slightly shorter running time than any of the previous versions Wong has offered. The tighter edit is a better fit, but ultimately, it's not enough.
March 12, 2009
The film's imagery is its most striking asset, creating an impressionistic sense of both vastness and intimacy that frequently overwhelms the characters and their problems.
December 30, 2008
It's like watching paint dry--which isn't very exciting, however pretty the colors.
December 19, 2008
Ashes of Time Redux, like that line from Hey Jude, takes a sad song and makes it better.
December 12, 2008
Wong Kar Wai could make even a compost heap look as gorgeous as a Vermeer.
December 12, 2008
I know Kar Wai's got a fanbase, but to me he's equivalent to a recent film school graduate using all of the post-production tricks that he's learned, either to show off what he's learned or to cover up his lack of talent.
December 12, 2008
Wong's film is to be appreciated as poetry on film, an aphorism-filled ode to lovestruck dreamers, and for its beautifully rendered images.
November 26, 2008
The motion picture as mood ring.
November 21, 2008
Maybe something gets lost in the translation, as often happens, but Wong may be giving us the first Eastern.
November 20, 2008
Unfathomably gorgeous; perhaps even the most gorgeous film Wong Kar-Wai has yet made, which is not a bit of praise I hand out lightly.
November 20, 2008
Beautiful to look at, with painterly compositions, gorgeous, emotionally charged close-ups and slick, elegant transitions. It's all for naught because the story seems no more coherent than the flourishes of a kaleidoscope.
November 14, 2008
In the end, it's not unlike a Jackson Pollock painting. No matter how close or how far away you stand from it, some people just get it and some people don't.
November 14, 2008
For this director's cut, Wong has trimmed several minutes and reorganized the narrative according to the passage of seasons, though the plot is still impenetrable.
November 14, 2008
Wong Kar-Wai doesn't supply much of a plot with a narrative engine to pull us through.
November 14, 2008
Even drastically altered as it has been in Ashes of Time Redux, the strengths and weaknesses of the film are the same.
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