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Lust, Caution Reviews

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
October 4, 2007
This is one of the major disappointments of the film-going year.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
October 5, 2007
A freeze-dried story has been only partially defrosted.
Fernando F. Croce
August 27, 2009
Lovers of genuine cinema will get blue balls
Eric D. Snider
October 10, 2007
Strangely inert and passionless, with a running time that is far too long for a movie so devoid of compelling emotion.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
September 28, 2007
Lust, Caution is a sleepy, musty period drama about wartime maneuvers and bedroom calisthenics, and the misguided use of a solid director.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
Beth Accomando
October 6, 2007
Lust, Caution teases but never satisfies. Although it takes Lee back to Asia, it doesn't return him to the style of filmmaking where he produced his best work.
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
October 9, 2007
The sex scenes, and the love story that sparks them, simply don't work, and that's not a minor problem.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Geoff Berkshire
October 10, 2007
Anyone lured in by the sex is going to leave feeling very unsatisfied.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Joshua Tyler
October 3, 2007
Long and lifeless, with no real payoff.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
October 4, 2007
Lee is widely considered one of the greatest filmmakers in the world, and he ought to be a good deal better than this.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Adam Fendelman
October 8, 2007
The worth of Lust, Caution doesn't seem apparent until the last act of the 157-minute film, which is filled with more love than lust and much more caution than action.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
Peter Sobczynski
October 4, 2007
It feels like what "Black Book" would have been like had it been completely leached of all that pesky tension and excitement.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)
January 4, 2008
A shocking disappointment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matt Pais
October 4, 2007
Surely some more details about the oppression and resistance of the era could have been squeezed into the nearly three-hour running time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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+
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
September 28, 2007
I was struggling to stay awake.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
September 28, 2007
Yes, the movie is called Lust, Caution. But what it really needed to be about was incautious love.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
October 5, 2007
Lust, Caution is a disappointment coming from director Ang Lee, but it's a watchable one, and it rattles around in your head for a long time after you've seen it, as much for what it does right as for where it goes wrong.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
October 12, 2007
Overly extended adaptation of a short story about a female Chinese nationalist who uses sex to compromise and trap a cruel Japanese collaborator.
Chris Cabin
September 27, 2007
If you're going to play with taboo, you better be ready to break the thing.
| Original Score: 3/5
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