Goodbye, Dragon Inn Reviews

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March 16, 2020
Tsai Ming-liang's stultifying Good Bye, Dragon Inn captures none of the magic of film despite being set in a movie palace on its final day of operations.
February 18, 2020
It is a film that does have an effect, but it requires a hell of a lot of patience.
June 2, 2014
This elegiac 2003 comedy, by the Taiwanese director Tsai Ming-liang, is a requiem for a movie theatre.
May 5, 2010
What's the matter with these people? Why are they such a bunch of zombies?
June 21, 2007
Long, boring shots. Reallllly long boring shots. Woman walks up stairs, woman walks down stairs. The end. Bleh.
April 1, 2006
March 21, 2006
August 24, 2005
Plays as a meditation on the deep feelings felt by the viewer and the filmmaker towards the movie experience.
March 10, 2005
It's not a sentimental ode to the cinema like "Cinema Paradiso." It's more like "Cinema Purgatorio."
January 14, 2005
Everywhere, Tsai [Ming-Liang] lingers long enough to risk driving his audience to distraction, and I am afraid I succumbed early.
January 6, 2005
A weird, funny, melancholy tribute to movies and movie-going, an opus for film geeks that rang my personal bell.
December 19, 2004
December 17, 2004
Idiosyncratic, oddball movie that is both funny and moody.
October 29, 2004
This is one of the most gorgeous and maturely composed movies you'll see this year.
October 29, 2004
A marvelously subtle variation on the theme of the haunted house.
October 15, 2004
Tsai is hugely popular with film critics, I believe, in part because film critics actually have something to do while watching his films. While the girl is limping down the hallway, we can take notes. Regular theatergoers? They can only watch helplessly.
October 14, 2004
... at once an elegy for the communal experience of cinema-going and another quintessentially Tsai portrait of loneliness and isolation.
October 6, 2004
Tsai Ming-Ling's bitter-sweet Goodbye Dragon Inn isn't easy to categorise: an exercise in cinematic minimalism, it's a ghost story, a deadpan comedy, and a lament for an earlier era of film-going.
October 6, 2004
Hypnotic in effect but ultimately rather irritating, Goodbye, Dragon Inn will entice those viewers who like oblique, allusive cinema.
October 1, 2004
The real star of the movie is the doomed movie house itself, and the dominant subtext is the emotional transaction between the viewer and his (or her) more vividly vicarious adventures projected on-screen.
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