In the Mood for Love
In the Mood for Love (2001)

For his first film since the 1997 Hong Kong handover, auteur filmmaker Wong Kar-wai directs this moody period drama about unrequited love that, like his earlier work, swoons with romantic melancholy. Set in a Shanghaiese enclave in Hong… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: February 2, 2001
DVD Release Date: March 5, 2002
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: This understated romance, featuring good performances by its leads, is both visually beautiful and emotionally moving.

David Denby
New Yorker

So skillfully does the director brings us to a state of breathless expectation that when he refuses to deliver the goods he almost seems to have invented a new form of perversion.

Scott Tobias
AV Club

Further complemented by the gentle lull of Nat King Cole songs, In The Mood For Love casts a dreamy and melancholic spell that remains unbroken long after the closing credits have rolled.

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Gilbert Adair
Independent on Sunday

The problem with In the Mood for Love is that its imagery has far too many face-cards and not enough twos and fives and eights, which, boring as they are, nevertheless constitute the indispensable nitty-gritty of narrative.

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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News

In the Mood is a love story told from the point of impact, at the heart, and no conventional resolution could be more profound.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Director Wong Kar-wai, Hong Kong's most romantic filmmaker, is known for his excesses, and in that sense the film's spareness represents a bold departure.

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Anton Bitel
Projected Figures

This is the eroticism of restraint, where desire remains forever buried in secrecy, and in the past. It is also the story of a divided nation, with the body politic inscribed on two almost lovers kept apart.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

It's intelligently conceived, exquisitely crafted and flawlessly acted.

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Christy Lemire
Associated Press

The film is gorgeous, dripping with texture and sensuality and, well, mood.

Sean Axmaker

There may be no more sensual director in the world than Hong Kong's Wong Kar-Wai, and In the Mood for Love is one of his richest and most melancholy works, a shadow dance of would-be lovers sketched in suggestions and intimations.

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A study in restraint. When neighbors discover that their respective spouses are having an affair they each seek solace in the other's company. What… More