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Based on 11 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Hits hardest when it bypasses sentiment to ponder the inextricable mix of love and pain that comes with the ties that bind. show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Like a flowering of talent that has been waiting so long to be celebrated. It is also one of the most touching and moving of the year's films. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Fascinating and satisfying the way the diverse threads are knitted together into a single tapestry. show more

  • 60
    TV Guide

    Pure melodrama, but stylishly done, with finely tuned performances played out against meticulously realized settings. show more

  • 67
    Marjorie Baumgarten Austin Chronicle

    Pierces through your tear ducts in its ultimate path toward your heart. show more

  • 58
    Ty Burr Entertainment Weekly

    A sumptuous two-and-a-quarter-hour emotional epic built on one lachrymose climax after another. What little plot there is exists only to set up the next Big Cry. show more

  • 100
    Jonathan Rosenbaum Chicago Reader

    A highly emotional epic about what it means to be both Chinese and American. show more

  • 90
    Elvis Mitchell The New York Times

    Those unfamiliar with the book will simply appreciate a stirring, many-sided fable, one that is exceptionally well told. show more

  • 90
    Todd McCarthy Variety

    Wang has made a dramatically confident move into the mainstream on his own terms with highly congenial material. show more

  • 90
    Hal Hinson Washington Post

    Never has political correctness looked so sumptuously handsome as it does here, and in its perfect-pitch instinct for the cultural vibe, this sweeping movie is so immaculately dead-on that it nearly transcends criticism. show more

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