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Together (He ni zai yi qi) Reviews

June 27, 2003
It's a touching film in which the actors, including director Chen Kaige in the role of Prof. Yu, deliver heart-touching performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 27, 2003
If you're in the mood for tears and triumph, with a dash of exoticism, Together may well be the film for you.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 16, 2003
[T]here's really everything to recommend in here; beautifully directed, wonderfully acted and it's just a great looking film.
June 14, 2003
It's undeniably a melodrama, but there's enough real emotion lurking beneath the manipulative tear jerking to make the movie a worthwhile and occasionally genuinely moving experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 13, 2003
Beautiful, touching and shamelessly manipulative weeper.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 13, 2003
[Liu's] dreams may not be as vast or grandiose (or bloody) as other Chen characters, but they are immense, and immensely endearing, just the same.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
June 13, 2003
It's disappointing to watch a filmmaker as gifted as Chen put his talents into the service of a story as blatantly sentimental, stereotypical and unoriginal as Together.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 13, 2003
Probably realizes its melodramatic intentions.
Read More | Original Score: B-
June 12, 2003
[Chen] gets realistic and affecting performances from his cast.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
June 12, 2003
The direction, performances, music and cinematography give Together a unity and wholeness that's increasingly rare in filmmaking of any origin.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
June 12, 2003
Underneath the exotic gloss, it's still the same old song MGM mogul Louis B. Mayer sold us in the 1940s.
Read More | Original Score: C
June 11, 2003
Together is nothing short of a melodious masterpiece.
June 6, 2003
Together features a marvelous array of both Western violin masterpieces and traditional Chinese music.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 6, 2003
Together is powerful in an old-fashioned, big-studio kind of way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 6, 2003
Denuded of the finery of history, politics, and sex, Chen seems innocently naked. That sort of openness is the point of Together. Yet the film doesn't amount to an emotionally palpable experience.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 5, 2003
Torpid, syrupy melodrama.
June 5, 2003
A sometimes sugary melodrama that seems at first to push every sentimental button but becomes a genuinely heartfelt picture, infused with life and warmth in every scene.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 2, 2003
Chen's tale of a violin prodigy and his devoted dad pulls the heartstrings on cue, but the movie's vivid, affecting performances save it from being maudlin.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 1, 2003
The kind of earnest melodrama Hollywood has forgotten how to do.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
May 30, 2003
When it's hitting all its notes, Together makes beautiful music -- the complex two-part harmony of the new China and a newer one, of a peasant father rooted in the old ways and a citified son uncertain of what comes next.
May 29, 2003
Together may not be overtly political, but its vision of contemporary Beijing, where brazen, fashion-crazed gold diggers like Lili bait their hooks to snare arrogant, slippery wheeler-dealers who end up playing her for a sucker, has bite.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
May 29, 2003
A four-handkerchief heart-tugger about paternal love that's irresistible even if it's somewhat cliched.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
May 29, 2003
A modern-day fable about what it means to be young, gifted and batted around like a pingpong ball.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 29, 2003
A sure-fire crowd-pleaser that will strike Chen's admirers as a heartfelt but decidedly minor effort.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 29, 2003
A crowd-pleaser? Try crowd abductor.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
May 29, 2003
If you can get past the corn, the story exerts a not-unsatisfying emotional pull thanks to Yun's soulful gravity and a tenderness that Chen hasn't shown quite so openly since his 1984 debut, Yellow Earth.
May 28, 2003
To contextualize the story's lack of subtlety, it helps to see these casting choices as ongoing penance for the time when, as a boy, Chen denounced his own father to the Red Guard.
Full Review | Original Score: B
May 27, 2003
Mawkishly clichéd.