Reviews

Jan 28, 2021
It's very concise when Tsai dialogues with topics such as alienation, loneliness and the repressed desires of three people who refuse to accept what time takes from them. [Full review in Spanish]
Mar 16, 2020
Throughout, Tsai makes his rhymes work with an almost subliminal grace: from him to her, from clocks to hearts, from an ancient Paris graveyard to the modern passageways of locker-like columbaria...
Feb 25, 2020
It's a hilarious conceit, which Tsai carries through with smart cinematic wit.
Mar 7, 2018
This wonderful, one-of-a-kind movie hops from Taiwan to France, from tragedy to deadpan comedy and, in its mysterious conclusion, from the worldly to the otherworldly.
Dec 30, 2006
Dec 6, 2005
Jul 4, 2005
Oct 24, 2004
The film's understated humor and relatable character's steer us towards feelings of compassion and understanding, rather than pity.
Feb 24, 2004
Jul 2, 2003
Wise and deadpan humorous.
Mar 25, 2003
A funny and moving meditation on yearning, mourning and the vagaries of time.
Mar 10, 2003
Jun 11, 2002
If you've the patience, there are great rewards here.
May 2, 2002
The careful compositions in the Taiwanese What Time Is It There? give us plenty of time to search for meaning and to wonder what the movie is trying to say.
Mar 30, 2002
Has moments of quiet power and others of almost slapstick charm, and it's so elegantly fashioned that it's difficult to take one's eyes from the screen.
Mar 28, 2002
While its careful pace and seemingly opaque story may not satisfy every moviegoer's appetite, the film's final scene is soaringly, transparently moving.
Mar 22, 2002
Tsai's confidence in the deep power of silence drives home the film's inner convictions. Its surface works coolly, intriguingly and, happily, feebly in opposition to the heart of the matter.
Mar 21, 2002
At times, Tsai's approach makes viewing this film like watching paint dry, but what a sublime design it makes.
Mar 21, 2002
Alternates between deadpan comedy and heartbreaking loneliness and isn't afraid to provoke introspection in both its characters and its audience.
Mar 13, 2002
Mr. Tsai is a very original artist in his medium, and What Time Is It There? should be seen at the very least for its spasms of absurdist humor.