Yes (2005)



Critic Consensus: Emotional performances/ Can't stop the curse/ Of ever-present pretensions/ Writ in heavy-handed verse.

Movie Info

'Yes' is the story of a passionate love affair between an American woman and a Middle-Eastern man in which they confront some of the greatest conflicts of our generation -- religious, political and sexual.

Rating: R (for language and some sexual content)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Sally Potter
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 8, 2005
Box Office: $0.2M
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Critic Reviews for Yes

All Critics (94) | Top Critics (33)

Despite many interesting mise-en-scene moments, the film disappointingly feels as sterile as the family's immaculately clean house.

November 1, 2005
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

The actors are so committed to Potter's vision, they persuade you to go along with them.

Full Review… | September 8, 2005
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic

Your taste in movies may not be/ Quite so highbrow or so twee/ But Potter has a lot to say/ About the troubles of our day.

Full Review… | August 18, 2005
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

It's a bold exercise, an interesting experiment, but a movie it ain't.

Full Review… | July 29, 2005
Washington Post
Top Critic

Potter's exploration of modern love fractured by cultural differences can be absorbing even if it feels at times like an intellectual exercise.

Full Review… | July 29, 2005
Miami Herald
Top Critic

For those who accept Potter's premise -- and why not embark on a challenging, enriching experience? -- this is a unique, bold adventure of the soul.

Full Review… | July 28, 2005
Washington Post
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Audience Reviews for Yes

[font=Century Gothic]Sally Potter's latest film, "Yes", starts out with a scene of domestic unrest - a scientist(Joan Allen, who is simply radiant) is yelling at her husband(Sam Neill) about him bringing a conquest back to their domicile.(They live in an open marriage but apparently there are still rules to be violated.) In the foreground, you have a maid(Shirley Henderson) commenting on the action. At a banquet the scientist is approached by a man(Simon Abkarian). They begin an intense affair. They are both originally from broken lands:[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]She is originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland. Her family moved when she was 10 to the United States.[/font]
[font=Century Gothic]He is originally from Beirut, Lebanon. In his native land, he was a surgeon. Now, he is a cook.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]"Yes" is the very definition of offbeat because most of its dialogue is said in iambic pentameter. This device does not take anything away from the movie, since the dialogue almost sounds natural and heightens the central romance. "Yes" celebrates the cinema of ideas. In this case, where do we belong? And how do we all connect in this fractured world? [/font]

Walter M.

Super Reviewer

YES was recommended to me, some time ago, but I could not find it to download it, so I ordered it through Which after watching it, all I want to do is cry. Not my for my money but for my time. I found myself fast forwarding the movie some times. First of all,why was the characters dialog had to rhyme? Sounds like poetry and it was extremely distracting and so unreal that it made the already uninteresting plot even more unbearable.
I can say you should watch the movie for yourself and make your own judgement. Maybe you'll get lucky and actually be able to get into it. I could not. No matter how hard I tried.

Daisy Maduro

Super Reviewer


Poetic and beautiful to watch but you don't really connect with any of the characters.

Sunil Jawahir

Super Reviewer

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