Farewell My Concubine

critic Reviews

, 90% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • Chen Kaing's epic is grand in scope and presentation, and, bolstered by solid performances, the result is a film both horrifying and enthralling.
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    Brian TallericoRogerEbert.com
    The movie is more stunning than ever, a daring blend of history and personal storytelling with one of the most striking performances of its era from Leslie Cheung.
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    Kenneth TuranLos Angeles Times
    An unhurried journey on the great tide of modern Chinese history, this gorgeous, intoxicating epic is confident enough of its visual and narrative power not to rush the telling.
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    Fred CamperChicago Reader
    It is [Chen's] controlled, poetic, even visionary use of his medium that gives the film power and meaning.
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    Phillipa BloomEmpire Magazine
    With stunning set pieces and the dramatic backdrop of the revolution, Kaige captures perfectly the relationship between the two boys.
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    Richard CorlissTIME Magazine
    The scenes in the Peking Opera School, where boys are caned for doing wrong or right, are no less horrifying than the later tableaus of public humiliation at the hands of the Maoists.
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    Jonathan RosenbaumChicago Reader
    This is entertaining filmmaking on a grand scale.
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    Sean BurnsWBUR’s Arts & Culture
    Even if you’ve seen the movie, you’ve never seen it like this.
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    Wade MajorFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    One of the greatest films I've ever seen.
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    Dennis Harvey48 Hills
    A movie whose decades-spanning chronicle of a Peking opera troupe pushed the envelope in several ways...
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    Lee JuttonFilm Inquiry
    As both a monumental piece of Chinese cinematic history and a lasting tribute to the special brilliance of its star, Farewell My Concubine is an essential viewing experience.
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