Ciao (2008)

Two men meet and fall in love under the least joyous of circumstances in this low-key drama from writer and director Yen Tan. Jeff (Adam Neal Smith) has been close friends with Mark most of his life, so when Mark unexpectedly dies, Jeff… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 5, 2008
DVD Release Date: March 23, 2010
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Critic Score: 25% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

In Yen Tan's glacially paced movie (every shot is relentlessly symmetrical), the actors are squares in graph-paper compositions.

Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle

Ciao moves at a snail's pace. It feels long even at its abbreviated length.

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John P. McCarthy
Boxoffice Magazine

In theory, there's no reason a movie shouldn't endeavor to be somber and tentatively hopeful at the same time. In practice, unfortunately, Ciao is depressing and ploddingly elegiac.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

Yen Tan's Ciao is a revelation, a minimalist work of maximum effect. It is determinedly understated and consistently expressive, beautifully composed yet never studied.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

The story is so minimal that it almost doesn't exist.

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Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

The plotline of 'Ciao' is trite -- and the filmmaking itself drags.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

It's made on the smallest of budgets and features awkward if sincere performances, yet Yen Tan's film still manages to strike a series of plangent emotional truths about speaking one's heart and moving on.

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Manohla Dargis
New York Times

Deeply sincere and exceedingly slow even at 87 minutes, Ciao involves two strangers who become acquaintances after the death of a mutual friend.

Joseph Jon Lanthier
Slant Magazine

The ever-static camera undercuts the poignantly understated performances with the egotism of a futon ad photographer who fancies Ozu.

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Sunil Jawahir
A little overly artsy and not so interesting. I was disappointed.