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  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The movie has an emotional payoff I failed to anticipate. It expresses hope in human nature. It is one of the year's best films. show more

  • 63
    Chuck Bowen Slant Magazine

    A Simple Life may have one of the most accurate titles in all of cinema, as the film has a bracingly casual sense of day-to-day working-class life that recalls the films of Jean Renoir or, more recently, Olivier Assayas. show more

  • 90
    Rachel Saltz The New York Times

    Ms. Hui, a rare successful female director in the Hong Kong film industry, drew her story from real events, and the movie retains a tonic flavor of the everyday: its drama unfolds simply, without explosive moments but not without emotion. She and her two excellent leads keep the film buoyant. show more

  • 80
    Justin Chang Variety

    Suffused with the gentle, unforced humanity viewers have come to expect from Hong Kong helmer Ann Hui, A Simple Life is a tender ode to the elderly, their caregivers and the mutual generosity of spirit that makes their limited time together worthwhile. show more

  • 70
    Ernest Hardy Village Voice

    A deceptively simple film, gingerly peels layer after layer of sharp insights into the dynamics of familial love, using compassion and droll humor as its tools. Its strength is that it manages to tap genuine emotion without succumbing to sentimentality. show more

  • 70
    Los Angeles Times

    Though overlong, Hui's valentine never milks the drama for tears, maintaining an unsentimental focus on the central duo's playful chemistry and the loving way Ah Tao's attention to detail is repaid. show more

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