Ni na bian ji dian (What Time Is It Over There?) Reviews

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March 8, 2002
His best film remains his shortest, The Hole, which makes many of the points that this film does but feels less repetitive.
March 5, 2002
Tsai convincingly paints a specifically urban sense of disassociation here.
March 4, 2002
Inherently caustic and oddly whimsical, the film chimes in on the grieving process and strangely draws the audience into the unexplainable pain and eccentricities that are attached to the concept of loss.
March 1, 2002
What Time Is It There? is not easy. It haunts you, you can't forget it, you admire its conception and are able to resolve some of the confusions you had while watching it.
February 26, 2002
...the gentle melding of drama and comedy makes "What Time Is It There?" something the true film buff will enjoy.
February 25, 2002
an Asian film that incarnates Brazilian saudade
February 8, 2002
A rare film that actually expands and deepens in the memory when its time on screen has run out.
February 4, 2002
The weight of the film's opaque, numbingly studied details ... is oppressive.
February 3, 2002
Tsai Ming-liang has taken his trademark style and refined it to a crystalline point.
February 1, 2002
The story that emerges has elements of romance, tragedy and even silent-movie comedy.
February 1, 2002
Often lingers just as long on the irrelevant as on the engaging, which gradually turns What Time Is It There? into How Long Is This Movie?
January 31, 2002
The story wraps back around on itself in the kind of elegant symmetry that's rare in film today, but be warned: It's a slow slog to get there.
January 25, 2002
January 24, 2002
Most of the movie is so deadly dull that watching the proverbial paint dry would be a welcome improvement.
January 22, 2002
An art piece in which everything seems to be a metaphor for something else, and as pleasing as it is to watch, it's too pretentious by half.
January 18, 2002
A film of surprise and wonder, lyrically attuned to the ticking intensity of romance.
January 18, 2002
A determined, ennui-hobbled slog that really doesn't have much to say beyond the news flash that loneliness can make people act weird.
January 18, 2002
Although What Time offers Tsai's usual style and themes, it has a more colorful, more playful tone than his other films.
January 17, 2002
Those with an interest in new or singular sorts of film experiences will find What Time Is It There? well worth the time.
January 11, 2002
It's the kind of leap a director makes when he has become so sure of the techniques and themes that have preoccupied him that he seems unable to make a wrong move.
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