Three Times (Zui hao de shi guang)
Three Times (Zui hao de shi guang) (2005)

Millennium Mambo director Hou Hsiao-hsien explores the ever-changing cycle of love in this collection of three romantic stories set in 1911, 1966, and 2005 and utilizing the same actors in all three tales. In "A Time for Love," a… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 20, 2005
DVD Release Date: September 26, 2006
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Slowly paced, understated, and exquisitely shot, these are three lovely odes to love and longing.

Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

A ravishing triptych spanning a century of Taiwanese history, in which love remains eternally elusive.

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Seen in isolation, the first episode has the most satisfying plot and the last the least. But the film's achievement lies mostly in the beautifully articulated similarities and differences among the three.

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Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

The first of the three stories is the best., with good visual style.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

An emotional journey, a showcase for two fine actors, and a multifaceted picture of love.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Three varieties of love: unfulfilled, mercenary, meaningless. All photographed with such visual beauty that watching the movie is like holding your breath so the butterfly won't stir.

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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle

A film to get lost in, a fragmentary, impressionistic trilogy of fleeting moments of love that is one of the best films of the year.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

Great cinema, pop romance that carries a special charge.

David Noh
Film Journal International

If you are easily lulled into a sensuous rhythm of pure cinematic languor, this will satisfy. If not, you may be banging your head against the back of your seat.

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Flixster Audience Score: 71% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
It is always interesting to see Hou put together in the same film three stories that feel like a culmination of the main themes found in his work along so many… More
John Ballantine
Love across the ages...been done to death right? Perhaps, but it often isn't done right to death. We have had epics from mainland China and the great… More
Edward Boxler
This film is about emotion, not plot. Poetic and beautiful to watch.
Panta Oz
最好的時光 is carefully emotionally balanced Taiwanese film nominated for the Palme d'Or at the 2005… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]"Three Times" contains three stylish vignettes set in Taiwan in 1966(Time for Love), 1911(Time for Freedom) and 2005(Time for… More
Brian R
"Three Times" is a very slow pace picture based on three different stories and three different time periods. Hou Hsiao-hsien's main focus here is… More