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Based on 11 Reviews
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  • 63
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    The many opera scenes are so beautifully mounted, they make up for the moments when the story veers toward melodrama. show more

  • 50
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    The story is hardly original, but this well-directed Taiwanese drama paints an intermittently vivid portrait of life on the Chinese mainland in the 1930s era. show more

  • 50
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    An overwrought Taiwanese soaper. show more

  • 60
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    The film often teeters on the brink of melodrama and is saddled with a sappy original score. show more

  • 60
    Chris Gore Film Threat

    Celebrated actor Lin Chung, whose voice seems to articulate something within himself. show more

  • 100
    Gene Seymour Los Angeles Times

    An exquisite love story directed with admirable subtlety and sensitivity. show more

  • 80
    A.O. Scott The New York Times

    The kind of old-fashioned, grown-up weepie in which the hearts of men and women are cracked, and the shards flutter through the story. Its directness is the movie equivalent of hot, fresh popcorn. show more

  • 70
    David Ehrenstein New Times (L.A.)

    If this all sounds masochistic, it most certainly is. But the filmmakers have rendered it with such grace and subtlety that the spectacle of three very intelligent people ruining each other's lives becomes irresistibly romantic. show more

  • 60
    Chuck Wilson L.A. Weekly

    That decade-spanning finale allows the three leads to age onscreen and demonstrate their impressive range, particularly Liu. show more

  • 10
    Jessica Winter Village Voice

    This dreadfully earnest inversion of the "Concubine" love triangle eschews the previous film's historical panorama and roiling pathos for bug-eyed mugging and gay-niche condescension. show more

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