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Chungking Express Reviews

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May 28, 2014
I've never been a big fan of technique that calls attention to itself, but Wong's frenetic blend of slow motion, pixilation, rushing backgrounds and frozen foregrounds (or vice versa) is as integral to this movie as its bubbly story and characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 28, 2014
[Wong's] hypnotic images of love and loss finally wear down your resistance as seemingly discordant sights and sounds coalesce into a radiant, crazy quilt.
May 28, 2014
Chungking Express is a breezy little Hong Kong movie that has more life, energy, humanity and sheer visual zing than most other shows you'll see in a month or so.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 28, 2014
It's the cinematic equivalent of popcorn on a hot stove with jump-cut shots, freeze frames, stirringly beautiful images and boundless energy.
May 28, 2014
A lyrical and delightfully goofy study in romantic longing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 28, 2014
Written and directed by Wong Kar-wai, the film is an imaginative piece of filmmaking and an evocative essay on contemporary Hong Kong as it prepares for a return to Chinese rule.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 28, 2014
The film is so talky, repetitious, visually stuttery, and slackly paced that sitting through it once is like seeing it twice.
May 28, 2014
Wong made Chungking in just 23 days, and the film's mad-dash energy is nicely reflected in his quartet of stars. Wong, himself a star of cinema's future, has already shown that he possesses a uniquely '90s voice, eye and spirit.
May 28, 2014
Wong's singular frenetic visual style and his special feeling for lonely romantics may remind you of certain French New Wave directors, but this movie isn't a trip down memory lane; it's a vibrant commentary on young love today, packed with punch.
May 28, 2014
Wong's dreamlike tone and Doyle's stunning cinematography make this strange love story a joy to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 28, 2014
The performances as a whole are a joy and the script is a gem.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 28, 2014
Despite the simplicity of the stories, Chungking Express is an inventive, richly human and rewarding film that expands Hong Kong cinema in one fell swoop.
May 28, 2014
The pleasure to be had from hanging out with Wong's pale-and-interesting unrequited lovers lies in the zippy shooting style and warm, winning performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 28, 2014
Neither of the movie's two stories makes complete sense, but that hardly matters. This is like being inside a pinball machine with a toddler at the controls.
April 20, 2011
Quentin Tarantino and Xavier Dolan are just two of the directors who've worshipped at the altar of Wong Kar-wai. Chungking Express remains the best reason why.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
September 1, 2009
Pure sensation, yes, but with a distinct point of view.
March 26, 2009
A quicksilver magical mystery tour through the lives of a bunch of young downtown loners.
November 25, 2008
Despite the liveliness of Chungking Express's first half, it's this second story that catapults it into the company of Wong's best films.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 26, 2008
the rapid pace keeps the stories from wearing out their welcome.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 20, 2006
a pair of not-entirely-successful romantic stories but, fuelled by [Wong Kar Wai's] cinematic fervor and exuberant use of music...it's irresistible
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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