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Chungking Express Reviews

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June 8, 2018
Chungking Express comes to town with a hip imprimatur and some admiring reviews. But this quirky, deadpan movie moves like a rickshaw with a geriatric hauler in harness.
May 28, 2014
Made in less than three months using a hand-held camera, director/writer Wong Kar-Wai's Chungking Express is a tale that only a diehard film buff might enjoy.
January 1, 2000
A frenetic one-way ride through The Land of Vaporous Plot, with stops along the way at Irritatingly Cute Extended Metaphor City.
June 5, 2002
Ultimately, this is one express derailed by redundancies and the lack of any (even implicit) narrative progression to draw the viewer in.
August 30, 2004
Mr. Wong has legitimate visual flair, but his characters spend an awful lot of time playing impish tricks. A film in which a man talks to his dishtowel has an overdeveloped sense of fun.
May 28, 2014
Dull it is not, but Wong's trademark sense of romantic melancholy fails to jell amid all the excess.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 10, 2018
What Chungking Express has are a couple of interesting situations, which don't quite justify a feature-length movie.
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.
August 28, 2018
From its photogenic actors to its pop soundtrack and breezy visual style, the movie is a lighthearted thrill, visceral, romantic and fresh.
May 28, 2014
The film is so talky, repetitious, visually stuttery, and slackly paced that sitting through it once is like seeing it twice.
July 30, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
January 1, 2000
This is the kind of movie you'll relate to if you love film itself, rather than its surface aspects such as story and stars.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
Once the viewer gets past bouts of confusion (the film demands more than one viewing), the result is a uniquely memorable look at the ties that bind all people.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
June 24, 2006
Chungking Express is unlike almost any film I have ever seen, and yet it is like almost every film I have ever seen. Its imagination, character and vitality set it apart from its peers.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
August 26, 2008
the rapid pace keeps the stories from wearing out their welcome.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 1, 2000
A movie that has Tarantino's brand of kinetic, eccentric energy but that's much more soulful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 16, 2003
Intoxicating, jazzy, and clever evocation of a certain breed of Hong Kong night-life.
| Original Score: 4/5
October 27, 2003
A near-perfect fusion of form and style, content and substance. One of the great movies of its decade.
Read More | Original Score: 92/100
September 30, 2005
a visual stunner
| Original Score: 4/5
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