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He was a writer. He thought he wrote about the future, but it really was the past. In his novel, a mysterious train left for 2046 every once in a while. Everyone who went there had the same intention -- to recapture lost memories. It was said that in 2046, nothing ever changed. Nobody knew for sure whether it was true, because nobody who went there had ever come back -- except for one. He was there. He chose to leave. He wanted to change.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The result is a sumptuous time-teasing story."
‑ Bob Mondello, NPR.org
"It may help if you grasp the many allusions to Wong's earlier films (including, notably, Days of Being Wild), but it's far from necessary. This, after all, is undeniably real cinema."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"For all its balance and grandeur, 2046 is the most nervous of Wong's films."
‑ Kent Jones, Film Comment Magazine
"Seductive and luscious, a cinematic smorgasbord of sensuous delight."
‑ Dan Jardine, Apollo Guide
"A visual feast, and it is very emotionally moving."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"The romantic fatalism is so lush that you're invited to get lost in it."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Wong offers an artful meditation on the nature of love, making effective use of color schemes (yellows, greens and reds), placid shotmaking and diverse music to deliver a sultry portrait of postwar Hong Kong."
‑ Bill Muller, Arizona Republic
"2046 thus comes to encapsulate everything to which Wong (and, in turn, his audience) keeps returning."
‑ Michael Nordine, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
"Here, the mystery of the deepest recesses of human emotion are plundered for cinematic play."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"Tematicamente óbvio e pouco ambicioso, 2046 é um filme que enche os olhos, mas que não tem muito a oferecer à mente e ao coração."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Quite simply an incomparably sublime work of art, a triumph of lyricism over narrative in the cinema, and the most exquisite homage to the beauty of women it has ever been my privilege to witness on the screen."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"As memorable and emotionally intense as any of Wong's films. It's a mood as much as a movie."
‑ Keith Phipps, AV Club
"In the mood for sublimity"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"A languid, shimmering mood piece from a master stylist, with some of Asia's finest actors at their peak."
‑ Damon Wise, Empire Magazine
"The fascinating visuals and performances by Leung and the assortment of actresses like Gong, Zhang Ziyi and Maggie Cheung ensure that the film is still worth watching."
‑ Jeremy Mathews, Film Threat
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