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Serena Donadoni
indieWIRE
October 27, 2012
The real heartbreak comes when writer and director Ya-Che Yang envisions them as compromised adults still clinging to their adolescent fears and desires.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
August 9, 2012
The shift from social portrait to domestic soap opera practically negates the democratic message of the first section, but Yang's stylish filmmaking is impressive throughout.
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
August 2, 2012
Though Mr. Yang paints a colorful portrait of a country grappling with new freedoms, his real triumph is a moving and complex love triangle that will configure and reconfigure into adulthood.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
August 2, 2012
Most vivid in its early years, as we see the students bursting with energy and promise.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Monica Castillo
Boston Phoenix
August 1, 2012
Complicated but compelling, the film also struggles a bit with Yang's erratic direction, but that flaw mirrors the indecisiveness of Liam himself, who is played engagingly by Joseph Chang.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Sherilyn Connelly
Village Voice
August 1, 2012
A celebration of (and cautionary tale about) personal and political freedom.
Rob Humanick
Slant Magazine
August 1, 2012
Ya-che Yang's prodigious command of his material suggests an intuitive understanding of film's ability to evoke sensations beyond sight and sound.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Don Groves
sbs.com.au
July 31, 2012
Taiwanese drama offers a romantic triangle with a novel twist.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Joe Leydon
Variety
August 6, 2012
While attempting to chart the evolving parameters of a romantic triangle over two decades of Taiwan's tumultuous societal upheavals, Yang fails to adequately explore either the personal or the political aspects of his drama.
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
August 3, 2012
In wanting to make a film that is both about sweeping societal change and small-scale personal relationships, Yang has missed on both counts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
August 3, 2012
"Girlfriend Boyfriend" starts as a comedy, but quickly turns into a soap opera with too many subplots.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International
August 2, 2012
Taiwanese nationalism provides a weird backdrop to a moody romantic triangle that stretches out over three decades.
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