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Yi Yi Reviews

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Nick Rogers
December 15, 2010
Blending the Coen Brothers' karmic rubicon with Robert Altman's ensemble heart, "Yi Yi" scratches the identifiable itch to reach out for what we've loved, set free and had come back, perhaps still not meant to be: jobs, lovers, freedoms, opportunities.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Emanuel Levy
December 29, 2009
One of the best films of the decade, Yi Yi, Edward Yang's most accessible (and very last) film is a fluent, charming and precise family portrait that celebrates ordinary life with all its joys and chaos.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Rob Nelson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
August 21, 2009
A heartfelt and involving family drama to which even the most subtitle-wary moviegoer could relate.
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
March 31, 2008
Every beat and every image and every cut and every note feels like a part of a whole. It is a total movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
January 15, 2005
The final moments left me thunderstruck, as deeply moved as I've ever been by a film. Yi Yi accumulates moments of truth and insight until it glows with importance.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Harry Guerin
RTÉ (Ireland)
January 22, 2003
'With numerous plotlines that move from middle-aged longing and teen romance to cutthroat business, Yang has created a deeply moving examination of a home in turmoil.'
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
September 13, 2002
One of the best films of the year, Edward Yang's Yi Yi combines a diagnosis of modern times with seemingly old-fashioned 'literary' storytelling - scene by scene it's slow, character-focused and dense with realistic detail, while the sprawling, coincidenc
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 21, 2002
This one is a masterpiece, despite being as inexplicable as a great work of music sometimes is.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
David Cornelius
April 16, 2002
Yi Yi is a rare work of beauty, a thoughtful, touching, compelling study of humanity that demands to be seen.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Louis B. Hobson
Jam! Movies
July 13, 2001
There's no question it's a soap opera, but a most charming and involving one.
Andrew Howe
July 7, 2001
The film is underpinned by Nien-Jen Wu's magnificent performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
May 21, 2001
Life-affirming in the most genuine, respectful and least mechanical sense.
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
May 18, 2001
Seldom has a film so richly awarded patient filmgoers.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
May 14, 2001
As rich and complex as a terrific novel, and you'll fall into the story just like you fall into a good book.
Top Critic
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
May 14, 2001
The artistry is undeniable -- tough insights blended with graceful compassion, gloomy certainties flecked with rays of hope.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
May 14, 2001
So compassionate and heart-felt that you're virtually guaranteed to think, 'I have felt that way, too' while you watch it. Probably more than once.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
May 10, 2001
One of the best films of 2000....This wonderfully conceived and executed film reveals the subtle ways people reach out for each other.
Top Critic
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 8, 2001
A marvel of delicacy and humor.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
May 2, 2001
A humanistic masterwork.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Top Critic
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
April 26, 2001
This intimate family portrait peels away layer after layer of unspoken truth and hidden life.
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