Yi Yi
Yi Yi (2000)

Master Taiwanese director Edward Yang spins this intricate and complex yarn about life's everyday crises. The film focuses on N.J. Jian (Wu Nien-Jen, a noted writer/director in his own right); his wife, Min-Min (Elaine Jin); and their… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 8, 2001
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: In its depiction of one family, Yi Yi accurately and expertly captures the themes and details, as well as the beauty, of everyday life.

Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star

Life-affirming in the most genuine, respectful and least mechanical sense.

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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News

This intimate family portrait peels away layer after layer of unspoken truth and hidden life.

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Nick Rogers

Blending the Coen Brothers' karmic rubicon with Robert Altman's ensemble heart, "Yi Yi" scratches the identifiable itch to reach out for what we've loved, set free and had come back, perhaps still not meant to be: jobs, lovers, freedoms, opportunities.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

The artistry is undeniable -- tough insights blended with graceful compassion, gloomy certainties flecked with rays of hope.

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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

Keenly observed.

Emanuel Levy

One of the best films of the decade, Yi Yi, Edward Yang's most accessible (and very last) film is a fluent, charming and precise family portrait that celebrates ordinary life with all its joys and chaos.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

A marvel of delicacy and humor.

Michael Atkinson
Mr. Showbiz

A five-course meal of a movie, with drinks, for mature moviegoers for whom most films have come to resemble brainless carnival rides, not works of art.

Rob Nelson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul

A heartfelt and involving family drama to which even the most subtitle-wary moviegoer could relate.

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Cute and inspiring without being cloying. It doesn't feel artificial and therefore can serve as an example to Hollywood on how to make a truly moving… More