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Yi Yi Reviews

March 31, 2008
Yang takes the long view, transforming the ingredients of family melodrama into a serene, generous, comic vision of our tangled urban lives.
May 21, 2001
Life-affirming in the most genuine, respectful and least mechanical sense.
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
May 8, 2001
A marvel of delicacy and humor.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
April 26, 2001
This intimate family portrait peels away layer after layer of unspoken truth and hidden life.
March 22, 2001
Keenly observed.
March 5, 2001
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
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.
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.
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
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.
February 7, 2001
Opening with a wedding fracas and closing with a funeral, Yi Yi puts the trials of three generations delicately on view.
January 19, 2001
Full of nice small moments that add up to a deeper whole.
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
January 10, 2001
Irritating, indulgent and self-important.
January 10, 2001
In its low-key way, Yi Yi presents an intelligent, profound and at times heartrending slice of Taiwanese middle-class existence.
January 10, 2001
A lucid, elegant, nuanced, humorous melodrama that orchestrates a soap opera season's worth of family crises with a virtuoso discretion.
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
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
January 10, 2001
A movie of formidable intelligence and observation, marbled with moments of magical abstraction.
January 10, 2001
Yang ties a dozen strands together elegantly with a mostly amateur cast.
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.
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