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Yi Yi Reviews

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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
January 10, 2001
Irritating, indulgent and self-important.
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
Although it has its moments, Yi Yi is the type of movie that, if rented on tape, would be one that you would likely turn off after half an hour out of sheer lack of interest.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Greg Muskewitz
February 26, 2001
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 2, 2001
Only rarely is a film this observant and tender about the ups and downs of daily existence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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David D'Arcy
January 10, 2001
Yang ties a dozen strands together elegantly with a mostly amateur cast.
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.
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
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
March 5, 2001
| Original Score: 4/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
February 7, 2001
Yang's divine control and precision of his material is almost imperceptible.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
March 12, 2001
The filmmaker and his young hero are both obsessed with the minutiae of life, and together they sensitize us to it.
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
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
January 10, 2001
The story, while playing like a soap opera on the surface, is chock full of wry human observations while showing great affection for its characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
January 10, 2001
The complex story, written by helmer Yang, is a rich mining of the emotions, needs and desires of normal people.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Rob Blackwelder
January 1, 2000
All of this is very much ordinary life, yet Yi Yi sucks you in vicariously somehow, and the film is extraordinary for that very reason.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
Jeremy Heilman
March 5, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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+
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
January 10, 2001
As I watched the final credits of Yi Yi through bleary eyes, I struggled to identify the overpowering feeling that was making me tear up. Was it grief? Joy? Mirth? Yes, I decided, it was all of these. But mostly, it was gratitude.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
January 10, 2001
Everywhere in this beautifully understated drama, the blessedness of ordinary people, as individuals and bound in clans, is knowingly, movingly conveyed.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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