Ni na bian ji dian (What Time Is It Over There?)
Ni na bian ji dian (What Time Is It Over There?) (2001)

The emotional pull of love and the strange symmetry between two people separated by a continent provide the backdrop for this subtly comic tale from director Tsai Ming-liang. Hsiao-kang (Lee Kang-sheng) is a young man who sells watches in… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 15, 2001
DVD Release Date: August 20, 2002
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Critic Score: 84% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though it requires patience to view, What Time Is It There?'s exploration of loneliness is both elegant and haunting.

Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

While its careful pace and seemingly opaque story may not satisfy every moviegoer's appetite, the film's final scene is soaringly, transparently moving.

Gary Dowell
Dallas Morning News

Alternates between deadpan comedy and heartbreaking loneliness and isn't afraid to provoke introspection in both its characters and its audience.

Derek Smith
Cinematic Reflections

The film's understated humor and relatable character's steer us towards feelings of compassion and understanding, rather than pity.

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Susan Stark
Detroit News

Tsai's confidence in the deep power of silence drives home the film's inner convictions. Its surface works coolly, intriguingly and, happily, feebly in opposition to the heart of the matter.

Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

Mr. Tsai is a very original artist in his medium, and What Time Is It There? should be seen at the very least for its spasms of absurdist humor.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Wise and deadpan humorous.

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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle

At times, Tsai's approach makes viewing this film like watching paint dry, but what a sublime design it makes.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

What Time Is It There? is not easy. It haunts you, you can't forget it, you admire its conception and are able to resolve some of the confusions you had while watching it.

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Jason Anderson

A funny and moving meditation on yearning, mourning and the vagaries of time.

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
Despite its evocative visuals, it feels repetitious to see Tsai explore once again his favorite themes of loneliness and emptiness but in a film that is too… More
Rubia Carolina
A girl is going to Paris. A watch seller. A cake as a gift. Two people connected by loneliness. Subtle humor, sadness, minimal dialogues, slow movie. <a… More
Saskia D.
I slow film about loss, emptiness, loneliness and the need to fill this up, to be somewhat in control and not being able to. Very delicate.