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Ashes of Time Redux Reviews

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Josh Larsen
LarsenOnFilm
February 29, 2016
...mostly this is a movie that wants to linger on mesmerizing movement.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Amy Taubin
Artforum
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.
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
December 19, 2008
Ashes of Time Redux, like that line from Hey Jude, takes a sad song and makes it better.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
December 12, 2008
Wong Kar Wai could make even a compost heap look as gorgeous as a Vermeer.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Michael Smith
Tulsa World
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
November 26, 2008
The motion picture as mood ring.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Jason Heck
Kansas City Star
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
Brian Tallerico
Movie Retriever
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.
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
November 12, 2008
... magnificent on a purely sensual level ... The new version is shorter by about ten minutes and is divided by chapter headings, which make the film slightly less confusing.
Marc Mohan
Oregonian
November 7, 2008
One man's befuddlement is another's awe at the ineffability of time, and from either perspective, this is a spectacle not soon forgotten, even if never understood.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
October 31, 2008
The kicks are more to the head and heart than to the body.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
October 31, 2008
Ashes of Time Redux is primarily a sensory experience that deserves to be seen on as big a screen as possible.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
October 31, 2008
This is a film for followers of Wong Kar Wai and for fans of nostalgia.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
October 31, 2008
Martial-arts fans may find themselves disappointed, but Wong Kar-wai addicts will be delighted.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 30, 2008
Shot by Wong's longtime cinematographer, Christopher Doyle, Ashes is dreamy and splendid and definitely deserves to be seen on the big screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
October 30, 2008
Redux is a piece of visual poetry without much interest in conventional narrative.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
October 30, 2008
Wong's reworking hasn't made Ashes more coherent, but it's still a gorgeous enigma.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
October 24, 2008
The reworked version is a visual feast, even if the human dimension seems somewhat shortchanged.
| Original Score: 2.5/4

Deseret News, Salt Lake City
August 19, 2009
Betsy Sherman
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
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Derek Elley
Variety
May 21, 2008
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006

Film4
May 24, 2003
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Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
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Lawrence Van Gelder
New York Times
January 1, 2000
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