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Yi Yi Reviews

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David Ansen
Newsweek
March 31, 2008
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution
February 21, 2004
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
May 21, 2001
Life-affirming in the most genuine, respectful and least mechanical sense.
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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
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 8, 2001
A marvel of delicacy and humor.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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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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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 22, 2001
Keenly observed.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
March 5, 2001
| Original Score: 4/4
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Michael Atkinson
Mr. Showbiz
March 2, 2001
A five-course meal of a movie, with drinks, for mature moviegoers for whom most films have come to resemble brainless carnival rides, not works of art.
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
March 2, 2001
Chances are, you'll watch most of it with a smile on your face, and you'll miss these characters when it's over.
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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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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
March 1, 2001
An amazing experience: as if a TV soap opera, packed with the usual catastrophes, were done with unaccustomed depth and real storytelling genius.
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Ebert & Roeper
February 22, 2001
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
February 7, 2001
Opening with a wedding fracas and closing with a funeral, Yi Yi puts the trials of three generations delicately on view.
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Erik Lundegaard
Seattle Times
January 19, 2001
Full of nice small moments that add up to a deeper whole.
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
January 19, 2001
Looks at one middle-class family in transition -- and does so with such a kind and probing eye that we all see our lives reflected through Yang's lens.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
January 10, 2001
Irritating, indulgent and self-important.
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
January 10, 2001
In its low-key way, Yi Yi presents an intelligent, profound and at times heartrending slice of Taiwanese middle-class existence.
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
January 10, 2001
A lucid, elegant, nuanced, humorous melodrama that orchestrates a soap opera season's worth of family crises with a virtuoso discretion.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
January 10, 2001
It's a delicate film but a strong one, graced with the ability to see life whole, the grief hidden in happiness as well as the humor inherent in sadness.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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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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Derek Elley
Variety
January 10, 2001
A movie of formidable intelligence and observation, marbled with moments of magical abstraction.
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David D'Arcy
Film.com
January 10, 2001
Yang ties a dozen strands together elegantly with a mostly amateur cast.
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
January 10, 2001
Yang has the rare ability of allowing us to savor the texture and weight of the moments that slide by us hour after hour, day after day without ever becoming ponderous or boring.
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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