A Simple Life Synopsis
A film producer helps care for his family's lifelong servant after she suffers a stroke.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The movie has an emotional payoff I failed to anticipate. It expresses hope in human nature. It is one of the year's best films.
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90

The New York Times

By Rachel Saltz
Ms. Hui, a rare successful female director in the Hong Kong film industry, drew her story from real events, and the movie retains a tonic...
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80

The Telegraph

By Tim Robey
Perturbing truths about old age nestle inside an outwardly sentimental shell — it’s a less cosy or placid prospect than it seems.
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80

Empire

By Simon Crook
Director Hui shows a different side to Hong Kong cinema in a tender drama that's illuminated by the marvellous Ip.
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80

Variety

By Justin Chang
Suffused with the gentle, unforced humanity viewers have come to expect from Hong Kong helmer Ann Hui, A Simple Life is a tender ode to the...
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80

Time Out London

By Trevor Johnston
Lau’s astute performance is rather like the film as a whole – at first you think it’s underdone, but it’s actually cannily judged to favour...
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70

Village Voice

By Ernest Hardy
A deceptively simple film, gingerly peels layer after layer of sharp insights into the dynamics of familial love, using compassion and...
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70

Los Angeles Times

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Though overlong, Hui's valentine never milks the drama for tears, maintaining an unsentimental focus on the central duo's playful chemistry...
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63

Slant Magazine

A Simple Life may have one of the most accurate titles in all of cinema, as the film has a bracingly casual sense of day-to-day...
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63

Slant Magazine

By Chuck Bowen
A Simple Life may have one of the most accurate titles in all of cinema, as the film has a bracingly casual sense of day-to-day...
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far from simple

By ibeickis
One of the most emotional cinematic experiences that I have ever had. So touching!!!...

a simple life

By chongsengtze
nice show. Must go...

Just so so

By dicoco
Not as good as expected....

By LadyA_USA
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Rated PG