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Lust, Caution Reviews

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David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)
January 4, 2008
Unfortunately, the scenes between the sex and violence, while beautiful, will test your patience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kevin Harley
Total Film
January 4, 2008
Lee's saucy, sumptuous slow-burner is a complex, elegant seduction, drawing on Hitchcock but putting a singular stamp on a rich spread of spies and sex, repression and sacrifice. Just don't try those moves at home...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Paul Arendt
January 4, 2008
A mesmerising study in emotional cruelty.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ruth Ford
Sky Movies
January 4, 2008
Beautifully shot, the period detail is exquisitely, and obsessively, realised.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Wally Hammond
Time Out
January 4, 2008
Its dark romanticism lingers in the mind.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
Damon Wise
Empire Magazine
January 4, 2008
A beautifully rendered, long, drawn-out but ultimately very satisfying story of betrayal and revenge in an uneasy setting of wartime paranoia.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
January 3, 2008
Overwrought and overlong, Ang Lee's Lust, Caution nevertheless has some moments of exquisite beauty and a potentially star-making performance from newcomer Tang Wei.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
December 25, 2007
The drama remains strangely dispassionate. Yet just as strangely, it's never less than entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 26, 2007
Chugs along at such a slow speed it nearly put me to sleep despite its graphic sex scenes... .
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
November 26, 2007
Ang Lee has shown that sometimes art has to be bold. Because he presents the sexuality as graphically as he does, Lust, Caution becomes much richer and more meaningful than it would have been otherwise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
November 13, 2007
A downer with no redeeming entertainment value outside of its hot sex scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: C
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
November 9, 2007
What is graphic and raw and adult and disturbing are the roiling, dangerous emotions underlying the hot, sweaty, etc sex...
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
November 7, 2007
Lust, Caution asks some patience of us, but our patience pays off.
Prairie Miller
November 4, 2007
This Juliet if not Romeo steamy Shanghai erotic spy thriller touching on a torturer's tainted libido, crosses party lines to contemplate sexual betrayal laced with toxic unrequited desire.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
November 3, 2007
In a film where casting is a vital component in the edgy equation, Leung and Tang make a picturesque and dramatically compelling couple.
Bill Gibron
October 26, 2007
While some will feel his previous works better illustrate his gift of film, Lust, Caution creates an unmatched statement of cinematic wisdom all its own.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
October 24, 2007
The spy-game maneuverings provide some dramatic heft.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 23, 2007
Well crafted and painful to watch. Worth paying Matinee price if you can shake the discomfort off.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
October 22, 2007
unfurls at the same pace as a doomed lotus blossom. And just as beautifully with the year's most sensuous cinematography
Full Review | Original Score: A
Sura Wood
October 22, 2007
Ang Lee's latest, Lust, Caution is a sluggish disappointment with a catchy title.
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