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A Simple Life

(2012)
Not Yet Rated In Theaters 04/13/2012 , 117min.
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Viewer Score
87%
Viewer score based on 3 ratings
76%
Critic score based on 4 reviews

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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. Full Review
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. Full Review
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. Full Review
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. Full Review

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