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Chungking Express Reviews

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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
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
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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
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Dave Kehr
New York Daily News
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
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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.
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 28, 2014
A lyrical and delightfully goofy study in romantic longing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Wolcott
New Yorker
May 28, 2014
The film is so talky, repetitious, visually stuttery, and slackly paced that sitting through it once is like seeing it twice.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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.
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Derek Elley
Variety
March 26, 2009
A quicksilver magical mystery tour through the lives of a bunch of young downtown loners.
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Tony Rayns
Time Out
June 24, 2006
This is what Godard movies were once like: fast, hand-held, funny and very, very catchy.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
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.
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
Wong Kar-Wai's Chungking Express is as fresh as falling rain, a pair of love stories full of pain and humor.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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
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Gary Kamiya
Salon.com
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.
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Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle
January 1, 2000
It's interesting enough to watch for most of its length because of Wong's incisive camera work and his intense immersion of the Hong Kong night culture.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
More impressive than engaging.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4