My Blueberry Nights


My Blueberry Nights (2007)


Critic 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

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[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

Only in flashes does Wong Kar-Wai let you forget about the relentless, meticulous beauty long enough to lose yourself inside it.

Apr 18, 2008 | Rating: 2/4

Wong Kar Wai's strange pastry-filled reverie My Blueberry Nights is not for those who like movies in which things happen; rather, it's for those in a mood to float, sometimes deliciously.

Apr 18, 2008 | Rating: 3/4

Audience Reviews for My Blueberry Nights

This is my second time watching this. I really want to like it more than I do. The lighting and scenes are pretty, it really is beautifully shot. What lets it down is the script and the story. It is just not enough. And Jude Law is absolutely horrible in this. People blame Norah Jones as being the weak link who can't carry the film, but really she's fine. Understated, but I think the character is meant to be. Jude, on the other hand, is hammy and can't look at him without thinking he's sleazy and wouldn't actually want to see him get together with Norah's character (this of course could be due to his well known personal issues), but he does actually look grotty here. The supporting characters have more to work with and actually did care about their stories. It's a shame as the potential and cast (Jude aside) actually was there in this one, but it just doesn't quite work as a whole.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

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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 Perry
Daniel Perry

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My Blueberry Nights is a movie that is astonishing if only in the sense that it talks you out of liking it. Its cast is reasonably impressive but director Kar Wai Wong started shitting the bed about 5 minutes in (namely with this jittery slow motioney effect of which the technical term escapes me, but looks like the director and the editor sat in the editing room smoking meth and drinking Red Bull as they put the movie together) took a movie that you kind of want to care about then convinces you to do the absolute opposite. Norah Jones is a cute and empty vessel in the movie and the whole dynamic between her and Jude Law was as conrtived as it was pretentious. Rachel Weisz, David Strathairn and Natalie Portman play grotesque South caricatures that must have been Tennessee Williams-inspired. The Chan Marshall cameo was a nice surprise but by the time the whole thing was said and done I didn't care. Actually I stopped caring despite the abundant foxiness about 20 minutes in. At least it wasn't long...

Michael Gildea
Michael Gildea

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First and foremost, who would ever have guessed that Norah Jones is really pretty devent as an actress on top of being an incredible musician and vocalist? Some people end up with all the talent! I really loved My Blueberry Nights. It is atomophesic and poetic. The story and dialog could be absolute crap and the film would still be a pleasure to watch. The visual style is incredible. Kar-Wai creates the sort of places that are familiar, but makes them special, mysterious. We have all been in a cafe, but not one quite like one Law governs. Ultimately it seems like the story is more driven by the characters and emotion than it is by the story. This is something I really appreciate, plus the story is pretty simple. The story does not matter that much, the important part is the ride. Everybody has a story, everybody is broken in some way. Most of the time, it is other people who cause the pain, but the glorious thing is that it is other people that bring every character in the film, and really every one of us, back to life.

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