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Lust, Caution Reviews

November 17, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
May 13, 2009
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
February 22, 2008
What lingers is the suspicion that women carry a burden of war they can't ever put down, and that even noble idealists can justify turning their girls into whores.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
January 4, 2008
Its dark romanticism lingers in the mind.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
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.
November 7, 2007
Lust, Caution asks some patience of us, but our patience pays off.
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.
October 20, 2007
There is deception, suspicion and self-delusion, but it all seems rendered at arm's length, despite the consummate artistry of the filmmaking.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 20, 2007
Why does this hot-and-heavy love story feel so cold and clipped overall?
Read More | Original Score: 3/6
October 20, 2007
There is plenty of lust exercised in the athletic, don't-try-this-at-home sex scenes between Hong Kong star Tony Leung and the stunning Chinese newcomer Wei Tang.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 20, 2007
Both a cannily constructed spy thriller and a grim kind of love story.
October 19, 2007
There's too much caution and not enough lust.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 16, 2007
The film looks gorgeous but the plotting is clumsy and the acting is flat.
October 15, 2007
By the time [Lee] gets to the lust, it is too late to throw caution to the winds.
October 12, 2007
In the broad strokes and beautiful particularity of its bittersweet love story, Lust, Caution could not come from any other place but China.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 12, 2007
A quietly compelling drama of hidden desperation and fierce passions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 12, 2007
Mixing a stately pace with bursts of raw violence and blunt eroticism, Lust, Caution indeed deftly blends those two attitudes.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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.
October 5, 2007
It's a masterpiece of tangled allegiances and corrupted innocence, equating sexual intimacy with the search for a person's soul. There's no guarantee the discovery will bring joy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 5, 2007
Like the two opposing forces in the title, the book and the film compliment and balance each other; each is, in its way, a rich experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 5, 2007
Stylized and visually arresting, with intense sex scenes that earned the film an NC-17 rating, Ang Lee's Lust, Caution is an immersion into another time, place and mentality.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 5, 2007
Intellectually, emotionally, Lust, Caution is all palette and no canvas -- it's an epic on a postage stamp.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
October 5, 2007
A freeze-dried story has been only partially defrosted.
October 5, 2007
The nature of the sex is Lee's subject, and he is too honest to suppress that.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 4, 2007
A brooding meditation on the unnerving power and terrible cost of emotional and political masquerades, the Chinese-language Lust, Caution gets under your skin with its examination of what qualifies as love and what does not.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 4, 2007
It's 158 minutes long, and worth every languorous second.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 4, 2007
A rich, beautifully detailed espionage thriller that captures the bygone days of Shanghai -- and 1940s Hollywood noirs' romantic evocations of same.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 4, 2007
This is one of the major disappointments of the film-going year.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
October 3, 2007
Lust, Caution is one of the few honestly observant political films, totally devoid of retrospective feel-good propaganda.
October 3, 2007
It's positively amazing how boring so much sex can be when it subs for character development and compelling narrative.
October 2, 2007
For all its hothouse passions and sometimes brutally explicit sex scenes, the storytelling seems curiously stolid, the style too movie-ish for its own good.
October 1, 2007
This is a beautiful film. The cinematography is gorgeous.
September 28, 2007
Conceptually, Lust, Caution has been thoroughly thought-through, down to every lipstick stain Wei leaves on her teacups.
Read More | Original Score: B-
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
September 28, 2007
I was struggling to stay awake.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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
September 27, 2007
The sex scenes -- intense, affecting and emotionally raw -- are the best thing about this frustratingly limp movie.
September 27, 2007
Ang Lee's uneven new film is a bit like a Chinese variant on Paul Verhoeven's The Black Book.
Full Review | Original Score: B
September 27, 2007
If Paul Verhoeven hadn't produced Black Book last year, Lust, Caution would have seemed like its own subgenre, the eroto-feminist spy thriller.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 26, 2007
Aided by the nuanced, forceful performances of his two leads, [Ang Lee] has made Lust, Caution something to be seen and savored.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 26, 2007
Lust, Caution wants us to feel the erotic ping of buttoned-up people ripping open those buttons, but too often it's the film's drama that's under wraps.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
September 25, 2007
...it's amazing how something so cold is expected to generate so much heat.
September 24, 2007
Like Lee's other films, Lust, Caution grows out of a tension between essence and form -- between a person's emotions and the role he or she must play.
September 20, 2007
[Ang] Lee is a true master, and his potently erotic and suspenseful Lust, Caution casts a spell you won't want to break.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 30, 2007
Too much caution and too little lust.