My Blueberry Nights

2007

My Blueberry Nights

Critics Consensus

Though well filmed, My Blueberry Nights is a mixed bag of dedicated performers working with thin material.

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After a rough break-up, Elizabeth sets out on a journey across America, leaving behind a life of memories, a dream and a soulful new friend; a cafe owner--all while in search of something to mend her broken heart. Waitressing her way through the country, Elizabeth befriends others whose yearnings are greater than hers, including a troubled cop and his estranged wife and a down-on-her luck gambler with a score to settle. Through these individuals, Elizabeth witnesses the true depths of loneliness and emptiness, and begins to understand that her own journey is part of a greater exploration within herself.

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Critic Reviews for My Blueberry Nights

All Critics (128) | Top Critics (41) | Fresh (59) | Rotten (69)

  • That's another thing about Wong: even when you're not quite sure what he's trying to say, or if he actually has anything to say, you get your money back in the beauty with which he says it.

    Sep 19, 2008 | Full Review…
  • As visually lush and distinctive and enveloping as you would expect from a Wong Kar-wai film, with space for performances that have impact.

    Aug 29, 2008 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • [A] flaky disaster.

    May 9, 2008 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The casting problem starts with the movie's lead, Norah Jones.

    May 9, 2008 | Rating: 2/4
  • It's not the pie that is meant to make this watchable, it is Wai's greatest gift, observing people, little slices of life in New York, Memphis or Nevada. Unfortunately in this case, those slices don't add up to a meal, or even dessert.

    May 2, 2008 | Rating: 2/5
  • The bad news about My Blueberry Nights is that it feels like an exaggeration to call it an actual movie.

    Apr 25, 2008 | Rating: 2/4

Audience Reviews for My Blueberry Nights

  • Jul 19, 2012
    My wife had this movie for over 3 years and I never watched it! I was curious to see this 2007 romance/drama/road film directed by Wong Kar Wai after accidently read somewhere that he was nominated for the Palme D'Or at the Cannes Film Festival and for Best Foreign Film at the Cinema Writers Circle Awards in Spain. And that is for his first feature film in English. The actual screenplay is written by Wong and Lawrence Block and was based on a short Chinese-language film written and directed by Wong. Jazz singer Norah Jones had the debut as an actress in a cast which includes Jude Law, David Strathairn, Rachel Weisz, and Natalie Portman. Not a bad company... I was mostly surprised by the movie... to me it had more European touch than Asian! The story of Jeremy, who is an émigré from Manchester and owns a small New York City bakery/café and Lizzy, a young girl who tries to recover emotionally following the end of an affair - was a sweet one - maybe too sweet for my taste. But, I have to admit - it was done very well! From the excellently chosen authentic locations at the Palacinka (Pancake) Cafe in SoHo in New York City, the South Main Arts District in Memphis, and Caliente, Ely, and Las Vegas - to the dialogues of the sometimes too-neat screenplay - he was knitting different experiences together... the problem at the end was that there was no room for any kind of improvisation which resulted with the lack of flexibility or even reality in some parts of the movie. The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2007 and was shown at the Hamburg Film Festival, the Valladolid International Film Festival, and the Munich Asia Filmfest before going into limited theatrical release in Canada on November 16. It opened throughout Europe and Asia before opening on six screens in the US on April 4, 2008, as a limited release on USA. It earned $74,146 on its opening weekend. It eventually grossed $867,275 in the US and $21,101,602 in foreign markets for a total worldwide box office of $21,968,877. It was well done ordinary affair.
    Panta O Super Reviewer
  • Nov 21, 2011
    Terminally uneven film. It's charming in New York, purple in Memphis - though David Strathairn shines as a drunk who can't get over the end of his marriage - and completely off the rails in Nevada as Elizabeth/Lizzy/Beth (Norah Jones) travels America to get over a broken heart, when really, she should have gotten together with that charming cafe owner across the street (Jude Law) all along. Natalie Portman is too young for the role she plays (gambler with estranged father), but Norah Jones surprises in this beautifully shot and nicely scored film. If it didn't get so precious in the middle, it would have been much better.
    Daniel P Super Reviewer
  • Nov 09, 2011
    'My Blueberry Nights', regardless of the absence of Chris Doyle, set me up in a moody world of lost love, sorrow, longing, pleasure, and mistakes with a beautiful canvas of striking compositions and colours that, combined with the music (Cat Power, Norah Jones) evokes a blurry and sensuous atmosphere that one will love or hate but it's hard to look past how heartbreakingly true the movie feels and the passionate performances from the excellent line-up of thespians. Being in-and-out of love never looked so good in the 00's, is that a flaw?
    Jonny B Super Reviewer
  • Mar 12, 2011
    I was expecting the film to be much better. I didn't like the style of the film. I didn't like a full film, but a series of short films connected as one whole film. The performances by the cast are on the money. I didn't like the shaky handheld camerawork. Jude Law and Norah Jones segment reminded me of the films Before Sunrise and Before Sunset, but lacked the heart and spark that those 2 films had. I would love to see Norah Jones in a better film.
    Sol C Super Reviewer

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