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Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles Reviews

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Fernando F. Croce
August 30, 2009
A profound example of unashamed feeling expanding across cultural barriers
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
October 29, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
June 14, 2008
This may be one man's story but the themes are epic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
February 24, 2007
The story may be sentimental, but Yimou layers it by adding cultural clash to the generational ones.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
February 16, 2007
From real-life opera singer Jianin to travel agent Lin Qiu and youngster Zhenbo Yang, the cast is the genuine article...
Full Review | Original Score: B
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
December 6, 2006
...gorgeously photographed and, like Babel, a subtly organized commentary on the ways people strive to communicate.
| Original Score: 91/100
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
November 24, 2006
Zhang is one of the world's great filmmakers, both in technique and in his rich humanity. Riding Alone will move you.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
November 23, 2006
Yeah, yeah. Cue the violin music. But also grab a tissue, because the film levels far more of an impact than you might expect.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Stuart Klawans
The Nation
November 11, 2006
Sometimes, when the right movie people come together, a blatantly commercial decision actually strengthens the artistic impulse, as you can see from Zhang's filial treatment of Takakura in Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles.
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
November 10, 2006
The scenery is spectacular, and the movie does boast fine performances by both the stone-faced Takakura and scene-stealing newcomer Yang Zhenbo.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
November 10, 2006
The movie's message is a little too Hallmark Hall of Fame, but Zhang's observant eye neatly captures the idiosyncrasies of Chinese life and the heartbreak in Gouichi's journey.
| Original Score: 3/4
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
October 30, 2006
It's the kind of story that shows more than it tells, a story that's forged in the spaces that exist in between characters and spaces.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
October 30, 2006
The themes are universal (if a touch corny), the rugged Chinese scenery is stupendous, and the performances are touching.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Beth Accomando
October 28, 2006
A meticulously crafted film in which nothing is ever forced or overstated. There's a grace and subtlety that pervades the film and quietly impresses.
| Original Score: 9/10
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
October 26, 2006
Fathers and sons can't understand each other in Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles, a simple theme in a movie that is simply breathtaking.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
October 26, 2006
What remains most vividly after Riding Alone For Thousands of Miles, however, is not its story but its world--the immersion in that world of a foreigner, not a polo-shirted Yank but a stiff-necked Japanese. And it is all overseen by a Chinese director.
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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
October 19, 2006
It sounds like a slight plot, and it is, but it is rich in detail that makes up for the simplicity of the story.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
October 19, 2006
It's a masterful little film, and, thanks to Zhang's seasoned hands, it's subtly heartfelt but never manipulative.
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
October 13, 2006
A father takes a spiritual journey from Japan to China to help mend a decades-long rift between himself and his dying son. The lessons learned en route are as profound as they are simple.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
October 12, 2006
Relatively speaking, minor Yimou, yet it retains that extraordinary cinematic sensibility and superbly observed humanity that characterizes all his work.
| Original Score: B
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