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Zhou Yu's Train Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 6, 2004
A pointlessly convoluted version of a love story that would really be very simple, if anyone in the movie possessed common sense.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Don Willmott
November 27, 2004
See Zhou Yu's Train for the interesting Chinese scenery, or see it to feast your eyes on the always beautiful Gong Li, but don't see it for the drama
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
September 16, 2004
Has a tiny little point -- living solely by one's emotions can be a painful time-waster -- but it makes that point within a needlessly tricky structure and with too much time spent on images that amount to pretty, poetic filler.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
July 21, 2004
At turns evocatively elliptical and artistically manipulative, this ode to self-discovery is visually stunning but altogether too exasperating.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
July 14, 2004
By the end of the drowsy journey, the characters are indistinguishable from the scenery.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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John Anderson
July 15, 2004
Deeply felt but overly hyperbolic romance.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
July 16, 2004
A ticket to this movie is a season's pass on that train -- and you must complete every ride.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
August 19, 2004
We're too busy trying to figure out who's who and what's what, when we should be ruminating on the multiple implications of an intimate story of love's labors lost.
| Original Score: C-
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
August 27, 2004
This is one of those languid numbers where slow motion -- and there's lots of it -- is meant to signify poetry, and a line like 'I know my lake is artificial, but it's full of water' is supposed to seem lyrical.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 19, 2004
Li fails to stoke much heat in Sun Zhou's pretentious and symbolic love triangle.
| Original Score: 2/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
August 12, 2004
Director Sun Zhou clearly has a lot of talent, imbuing the film with an epic sensibility, but this story just isn't terribly interesting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Anthony Del Valle
Las Vegas Mercury
October 30, 2004
A film that has considerably less on its mind than it thinks.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
M.E. Russell
September 10, 2004
[An] over-conceived, over-edited, under-written perfume ad.
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
June 7, 2004
This is disaffection for disaffection's sake, imagined by a Robert James Waller no less.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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David Blaylock
Village Voice
July 13, 2004
The love triangle among pottery maker Zhou Yu (Gong Li), her long-distance poet paramour (Tony Leung Ka Fai), and her fellow traveler (Honglei Sun) devolves from opaque mystery into boring melodramatics and incoherent contrivances.
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
September 11, 2004
Dramatically, this train never leaves the station.
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
October 14, 2004
Most, I suspect, will walk out of the theater wondering why they had to work so hard for so little reward.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
Kim Linekin
October 1, 2003
The heartbreak comes early and often, as it should, but so do inane maxims.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Richard C. Walls
Orlando Weekly
September 16, 2004
Zhou Yu's Train looks good, but there's no denying that there's very little lurking underneath its pretty surface.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Richard James Havis
Hollywood Reporter
July 13, 2004
Sun spends so much time on the mood and atmosphere that he forgets about the story.
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