Yi Yi
Yi Yi (2000)

Master Taiwanese filmmaker Edward Yang directs this intelligent family drama about the regrets and malaise of middle age, which recalls his 1991 masterpiece A Brighter Summer Day both in scope and in depth of observation. The film focuses… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 6, 2000
DVD Release Date: May 8, 2001
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: In its depiction of one family, Yi Yi accurately and expertly captures the themes and details, as well as the beauty, of everyday life.

Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star

Life-affirming in the most genuine, respectful and least mechanical sense.

Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News

This intimate family portrait peels away layer after layer of unspoken truth and hidden life.

Kristen Yoonsoo Kim
Brooklyn Magazine

I felt like I had lived it, and not just because of its nearly three-hour runtime.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

The artistry is undeniable -- tough insights blended with graceful compassion, gloomy certainties flecked with rays of hope.

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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

Keenly observed.

Nick Rogers

Blending the Coen Brothers' karmic rubicon with Robert Altman's ensemble heart, "Yi Yi" scratches the identifiable itch to reach out for what we've loved, set free and had come back, perhaps still not meant to be: jobs, lovers, freedoms, opportunities.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

A marvel of delicacy and humor.

Michael Atkinson
Mr. Showbiz

A five-course meal of a movie, with drinks, for mature moviegoers for whom most films have come to resemble brainless carnival rides, not works of art.

Emanuel Levy

One of the best films of the decade, Yi Yi, Edward Yang's most accessible (and very last) film is a fluent, charming and precise family portrait that celebrates ordinary life with all its joys and chaos.

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Flixster Audience Score: 91% Flixster User Reviews
Jennifer Xu
Much much duller than I had anticipated but strangely, thoroughly watchable. Everything hits you later, in your bed, hours after you finish the film. Its… More
Lesley N
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Why are we afraid of the first time? Every day in life is a first time. Every morning is new. We never live the same day twice. We're never afraid of… More
Alex Hall
One of the few films that I can think of other than Robert Bresson's "Au Hasard Balthazar" or Vittorio De Sica's neo-realist masterpiece… More
John Ballantine
Cute and inspiring without being cloying. It doesn't feel artificial and therefore can serve as an example to Hollywood on how to make a truly moving… More