Should please art house buffs across the board. Connoisseurs of Chinese film will be pleased to discover that Tian's meticulous talent has not withered during his enforced hiatus. Moviegoers who like their visions of China rarefied and past tense will delight in the careful period setting. Full Review
G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle
Only a director who truly knows repression could have made a movie so subtle and so understanding.
Tian's movie seems to be among the finest expressions of the Chinese new wave. Full Review
There's a painterly translucence to this ''Springtime,'' and a mystery, too; each frame is as delicately poised and lit as a Vermeer portrait of a woman, beckoning but unknowable. Full Review