• 1 hr 42 min
  • Drama
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100

Chicago Reader

By Jonathan Rosenbaum
Hou's best film since "The Puppetmaster" (1993). It's also his most minimalist effort to date, slow to reveal its depths and beauties, and it marks a rejuvenation of his art.
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100

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Hou's sensitivity plus Ozu's inspiration equals sublimity of sight and sound.
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88

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
It's a film objet d'art to contemplate and treasure.
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

This poetic portrait of simple Japanese life immerses you in the elegance of the ordinary.
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80

Village Voice

By J. Hoberman
Exquisitely understated.
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70

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
The film is an original work by a filmmaker who throughout his career has absorbed the best of what Ozu had to teach, and as such it stands as beautiful tribute from one master to another.
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70

The New York Times

By Dana Stevens
Café Lumière stands in relation to "Tokyo Story" as a faint, diminished echo. It is nonetheless a fascinating curiosity, a chance to witness one major filmmaker paying tribute to another in the form of a rigorously minor film.
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67

The A.V. Club

By Scott Tobias
Concerns feelings that can't be expressed, relationships that can't flower, and connections that are impossible to bridge.
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60

Variety

Hou fans will find what they're looking for; others will wonder when the action starts.
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80 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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