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Lan Yu Reviews

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Eric D. Snider
April 12, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jeremy Heilman
June 24, 2002
Lan Yu is certainly a serviceable melodrama, but it doesn't even try for the greatness that Happy Together shoots for (and misses).
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
July 26, 2002
Deserves high marks for political courage but barely gets by on its artistic merits.
| Original Score: 2/4
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John Anderson
July 26, 2002
Kwan makes the mix-and- match metaphors intriguing, while lulling us into torpor with his cultivated allergy to action.
| Original Score: 2/4
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John Terauds
Toronto Star
August 16, 2002
In the end, we are left with something like two ships passing in the night rather than any insights into gay love, Chinese society or the price one pays for being dishonest.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Harvey S. Karten
June 6, 2002
Should have been worth cheering as a breakthrough but is devoid of wit and humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Patrick Z. McGavin
Chicago Tribune
October 17, 2002
The movie is gorgeously made, but it is also somewhat shallow and art-conscious.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
July 29, 2002
While it is welcome to see a Chinese film depict a homosexual relationship in a mature and frank fashion, Lan Yu never catches dramatic fire.
Andy Klein
New Times
August 22, 2002
The very simple story seems too simple and the working out of the plot almost arbitrary.
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
March 7, 2003
Seems like something American and European gay movies were doing 20 years ago.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
March 7, 2003
The characters seem one-dimensional, and the film is superficial and will probably be of interest primarily to its target audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Emanuel Levy
July 31, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
July 3, 2002
Lan Yu seems altogether too slight to be called any kind of masterpiece. It is, however, a completely honest, open-hearted film that should appeal to anyone willing to succumb to it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
September 27, 2006
A gay love story based on an anonymous Internet novel.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
July 23, 2002
Kwan is a master of shadow, quietude, and room noise, and Lan Yu is a disarmingly lived-in movie.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
July 25, 2002
Like a less dizzily gorgeous companion to Mr. Wong's In the Mood for Love -- very much a Hong Kong movie despite its mainland setting.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 16, 2003
Hu and Liu offer natural, matter-of-fact performances that glint with sorrow, longing and love.
| Original Score: 3/4
Jason Gorber
Film Scouts
June 21, 2007
This film takes the Tienanmen massacre as its subtle backdrop, so subtle that it all happens though sounds heard off-screen.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
November 2, 2002
A nicely constructed film with an unusual, though not unheard-of theme for Chinese cinema.
Jason Anderson
May 22, 2002
The political dimensions of the story and the circumstances of the movie's own creation make for a powerful context.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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