Girlfriend Boyfriend
Girlfriend Boyfriend (2012)

When three rebellious students leave their hometown to pursue their lifelong dreams in the big city, their relationships start to face the pressures of real life as the 1980s Taiwanese sociopolitical reformation movement unfolds in the… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: August 3, 2012
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Critic Score: 64% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader

The shift from social portrait to domestic soap opera practically negates the democratic message of the first section, but Yang's stylish filmmaking is impressive throughout.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

"Girlfriend Boyfriend" starts as a comedy, but quickly turns into a soap opera with too many subplots.

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Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International

Taiwanese nationalism provides a weird backdrop to a moody romantic triangle that stretches out over three decades.

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Joe Leydon
Variety

While attempting to chart the evolving parameters of a romantic triangle over two decades of Taiwan's tumultuous societal upheavals, Yang fails to adequately explore either the personal or the political aspects of his drama.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

Though Mr. Yang paints a colorful portrait of a country grappling with new freedoms, his real triumph is a moving and complex love triangle that will configure and reconfigure into adulthood.

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Monica Castillo
Boston Phoenix

Complicated but compelling, the film also struggles a bit with Yang's erratic direction, but that flaw mirrors the indecisiveness of Liam himself, who is played engagingly by Joseph Chang.

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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times

In wanting to make a film that is both about sweeping societal change and small-scale personal relationships, Yang has missed on both counts.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

Most vivid in its early years, as we see the students bursting with energy and promise.

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Rob Humanick
Slant Magazine

Ya-che Yang's prodigious command of his material suggests an intuitive understanding of film's ability to evoke sensations beyond sight and sound.

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