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Based on 35 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 7 )
  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Lee is a true master, and his potently erotic and suspenseful Lust, Caution casts a spell you won't want to break. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Stylized and visually arresting, with intense sex scenes that earned the film an NC-17 rating, Ang Lee's Lust, Caution is an immersion into another time, place and mentality. show more

  • 75
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    But reserve dampens the passion in Lust, Caution, his beautifully mounted but rather unmoving film. It feels surprisingly cold, despite this erotic thriller's ultra-explicit sex scenes. show more

  • 70
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Sumptuously produced and beautifully visualized, this is a filmmaker's meditation on the culture that nurtured him. As a piece of entertainment, however, it's hoist by its own paradox -- an almost thrill-free thriller that seems seductive, yet stays resolutely remote. show more

  • 88
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    A rich, beautifully detailed espionage thriller that captures the bygone days of Shanghai - and 1940s Hollywood noirs' romantic evocations of same - Lust, Caution is also one of those rare movie experiences: Its scenes of the trysts between Yee and Mak, from their rough-stuff first encounter to the long, tangled love-making sessions of subsequent meetings, are truly erotic. show more

  • 75
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    I didn't feel the love between the flowering idealist and the ruthless killer. If I did, I would have given the movie four stars. Everything else is wonderful. show more

  • 50
    Ray Bennett The Hollywood Reporter

    Ang Lee's lugubrious spy epic Lust, Caution brings to mind what soldiers say about war: that it's long periods of boredom relieved by moments of extremely heightened excitement. show more

  • 100
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    Lee has perfectly captured the details, textures, sights and sounds of a China caught between East and West, occupied by an ancient enemy and quaking on the eve of an earth-shaking revolution. show more

  • 88
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    The sex is REALLY hot. Not hardcore pornographic (at least by my definition of the term) but close. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Film by film, Ang Lee, from Taipei out of the University of Illinois, has become one of the world's leading directors. This film was his second Golden Lion winner in three years at the Venice Film Festival. But it is not among his best films. It lacks the focus and fire that his characters finally find. Less sense, more sensibility. show more

  • September 06, 2009 NerdFiction
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    Not bad but also not the best.

  • May 22, 2008 Vimalakirti
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    Although the sex is vivid and difficult to accept on the screen, especially in our culture, it plays an extremely important part in understanding how the brain interprets feelings and how the resulting action chosen depends on the interpretation. It tells us how feelings, rather than rational, can determine choices one makes, and if not skillful, can lead to disasterous consequences. Lust, Caution is an Ang Lee masterpiece, and masterful is the acting of both leads, who, along with Lee are deserving of Academy Award nominations, if not the Oscars themselves.

  • May 22, 2008 Lilly Hubert
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    this group is real pro and have been around forever

  • May 22, 2008 newnewwudoctor
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    "Eileen Chang, the author of "Lust, Caution" has been considered to be Nobel Laureate material. WHEN Ang meets Eileen, esthetically and philosophically, how are they compatible or not? Esthetically, Eileen wrote with splendor, sensation, femininity. Philosophically, she subtly and thoroughly ridiculed patriotism and romance. She wrote deeply NIHILISTICALLY. Under her x-rays, ALL HUMANS CAN BE EVIL and big devils eat small devils. Her famous quote: "Life is a splendid gown, fully occupied with fleas". The splendid gown of patriotism and romance is fully occupied with fleas of narcissism, vanity, stupidity, cruelty, absurdity. Psychologically, she could be a victim of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. As a teenager, she once quarreled against her stepmother. Her father beat and locked her up and left her fatally ill and neglected. He was the descendant of top officers in Chin dynasty which had been overthrown. ANG'S style has been gentlemanly. He criticized but also was compassionate about all. He is about Yin and Yang: For Ang, ALL DEVILS CAN BE HUMANE; he is MULTI-VALUED. In drama, The West treats homosexuality with severity of Christianity, or makes it into low comedies. Ang's Brokeback Mountain put it in a broad humanitarian domain, which liberated and savored tenderly. ANG BOTH CRITICIZES AND ADVOCATES (COMFORTS) (Like 'Hidden tiger, crouching dragon' on martial art traditions). Dualism is a hallmark of his work. HE SPEAKS CHINESE IN ENGLISH, and vice versa. HE PUTS HIS OWN WORDS IN OTHERS' MOUTH. Chinese men from Taiwan of his generation are late boomers sexually. HOW will Ang put his words into Eileen's mouth? Eileen turned all values around. How would Ang turn her around? We are waiting to watch "Lust, Caution".

  • May 22, 2008 Bob Carey
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  • May 22, 2008 serano609
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    Caution! Do not go see this movie for the few extremely edited minutes of Lust! The pace is generally too slow for the dramatic effect intended. A waste of the amazing directors talent. Slow, long, drawn out and boring. Some of the sex keeps you awake (maybe). Hey, maybe the unedited version will be released on DVD and then we can really enjoy the film this should have been.

  • May 22, 2008 vpapabear46
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    The acting is superb, the production values are high but this is truly a movie for all those who root for Attila the Hun and all the other villians of history. Old Wo uses people for his political ends and gets off scott free, the collaborationist lets the person who saved his life go to her death, the idealistic students end up with bullets in the head and the one person in this tradegy who allowed her humanity to rule her actions pays for being human with her life. Both this movie and The Black Book are set in WW II and the background is the resistence against tryanny. In both movies the heroines attempt to keep a hold onto what it means to be human and in both they succeed. Both movies reveal how inhuman we all can be. But in The Black Book humanity eventually, after much suffering, wins while in Lust, Caution humanity is the ultimate

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