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Purple Butterfly (Zi hudie) Reviews

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May 28, 2005
The plot may be a little hard to follow, but the film-making is skillful and any effort on the viewer's part is well worth it
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February 25, 2005
At the center of it all is, of course, Zhang. Charismatic and intense, she excels in her most grown-up role to date.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
February 2, 2005
Just like nuclear energy, long cinematic pauses can be used properly for the benefit of all, while in the wrong hands they can cause mass misery.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
January 21, 2005
There are two movies battling for supremacy in Butterfly, and both lose. As does the audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
January 20, 2005
An at times pretty but nonetheless forgettable film.
Full Review | Original Score: C
January 14, 2005
A gorgeous period melodrama, packed with romantic tragedy and violent intrigue, it is both gritty and dreamy, political and personal.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 13, 2005
As atmospheric and moody as a film noir, the stylish, sometimes perplexing Purple Butterfly is a remarkable period piece, evoking the bustling, dense and increasingly dangerous Shanghai of the '30s.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 12, 2005
Hectic, lyrical, swooningly romantic and almost unwatchably brutal.
January 10, 2005
... rich with emotional turmoil and searing beauty, but it could have used a little more time in the editing room to make sense of it all.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
January 9, 2005
The art of it is entirely in the atmospherics; the rest is melodrama. Its 127 minute exercise in puzzle solving is draining.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 7, 2005
The characters are less compelling than this particular slice of history, which has rarely been dramatized in movies.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 3, 2004
Give in to the mood piece and bathe in its glamorous nostalgic glow. It's a beauty.
Full Review | Original Score: B
November 29, 2004
Mr. Lou synthesizes a wide range of styles and influences -- from Casablanca to Wong Kar-wai -- resulting in a movie that, for all its haunting strangeness, seems curiously familiar.
November 26, 2004
Throughout, Zhang emotes like Bette Davis.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 24, 2004
Too often, Purple Butterfly is as impenetrable as Zhang's placid, obdurate beauty.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
November 24, 2004
An often remarkable, often infuriating lateral spin on genre material that desperately needs another sesh at the editing table.
November 16, 2004
History is scant or purposefully blurred in Lou Ye's abstruse Purple Butterfly, a war drama with Wong-like delusions of love
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 28, 2004
An extravagant, intriguing but ultimately very frustrating period piece.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 1, 2003
O filme é tecnicamente irrepreensível, mas o ritmo lento da narrativa e a auto-indulgência do diretor Lou Ye simplesmente destroem a paciência do espectador.
| Original Score: 1/5
May 28, 2003
Lou Ye ... has chosen a murky and disjointed means to narrate this story.
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