The Center of the World
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In this digitally shot feature from acclaimed director Wayne Wang) (The Joy Luck Club), the boundaries of sexual relations are put to the test by two individuals. Richard (Peter Sarsgaard) is a dot-com entrepreneur who, despite earning millions of dollars, feels little connection to the outside world. After frequenting a strip club, he offers Florence (Molly Parker), a sometime-stripper who also works as a drummer, $10,000 dollars to accompany him to Las Vegas for a short stay. She makes him a list of rules that must be followed: no kissing on the mouth, no penetration, and each will stay in… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 34%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"There's something numbingly predictable about Wang's whole approach."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"Way off-center in any world."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"...rings with a perfectly hollow pitch that's a digital video punch to the solar plexus."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"The dramatic push and pull of the budding relationship is not terribly original in and of itself -but in its ambiguities the movie soars."
‑ Nathaniel Rogers, Film Experience
"Wayne Wang's The Center of the World plays like a Mike Figgis film (and that's not always a good thing)."
‑ David N. Butterworth, Movie Boeuf
"Enough to send you running from the theater, yawning."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"The characters aren't very interesting, caught in a cycle of sex and rejection that while explicit, gets a little tiring."
‑ John Zebrowski, Seattle Times
"Utilizando o sexo como ponte para estudar seus personagens, o diretor Wayne Wang cria um filme interessante, mas não totalmente satisfatório."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Peter Sarsgaard and Molly Parker bare just about everything, without really bringing the characters to life."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"A sexually frank tale of urban isolation and emotional need out of the dotcom revolution."
‑ Michael Thomson,
"Wang is working on your mind, not your body."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Washington Post
"We leave the theater thinking less about how the film made us feel or think than the mechanics of how it was put together."
‑ Eric Harrison, Houston Chronicle
"Retains the dreaded essence of voyeurism dressed as art."
‑ Tom Grealis, RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
"Molly Parker is a terrific actress, who tries to make something out of nothing."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"THE CENTER OF THE WORLD is a lot like its subject, strippers; it looks great, but leaves you oddly unfulfilled."
‑ Matt Easterbrook, Matt's Movie Reviews
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