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

March 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.
June 11, 2002
If you've the patience, there are great rewards here.
March 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.
March 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.
March 21, 2002
At times, Tsai's approach makes viewing this film like watching paint dry, but what a sublime design it makes.
March 21, 2002
Alternates between deadpan comedy and heartbreaking loneliness and isn't afraid to provoke introspection in both its characters and its audience.
March 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.
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 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 1, 2002
The story that emerges has elements of romance, tragedy and even silent-movie comedy.
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 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.
January 11, 2002
Tsai has a well-deserved reputation as one of the cinema world's great visual stylists, and in this film, every shot enhances the excellent performances.
January 8, 2002
Tsai Ming-liang's witty, wistful new film, What Time Is It There?, is a temporal inquiry that shoulders its philosophical burden lightly.
October 22, 2001
Tsai has managed to create an underplayed melodrama about family dynamics and dysfunction that harks back to the spare, unchecked heartache of Yasujiro Ozu.
September 28, 2001
Eccentric, haunting and resonant.
September 4, 2001
An absurdist comedy about alienation, separation and loss.