Lust, Caution Synopsis
Set in the WWII-era in Shanghai, a young woman gets swept up in a game of emotional intrigue.
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By Ken Fox
Lee has perfectly captured the details, textures, sights and sounds of a China caught between East and West, occupied by an ancient enemy...
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
A rich, beautifully detailed espionage thriller that captures the bygone days of Shanghai - and 1940s Hollywood noirs' romantic evocations...
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Lee is a true master, and his potently erotic and suspenseful Lust, Caution casts a spell you won't want to break.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Stylized and visually arresting, with intense sex scenes that earned the film an NC-17 rating, Ang Lee's Lust, Caution is an immersion into...
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New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
I didn't feel the love between the flowering idealist and the ruthless killer. If I did, I would have given the movie four stars....
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
But reserve dampens the passion in Lust, Caution, his beautifully mounted but rather unmoving film. It feels surprisingly cold, despite...
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Sumptuously produced and beautifully visualized, this is a filmmaker's meditation on the culture that nurtured him. As a piece of...
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Lust, Caution wants us to feel the erotic ping of buttoned-up people ripping open those buttons, but too often it's the film's drama that's...
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Lust, Caution is a disappointment coming from director Ang Lee, but it's a watchable one, and it rattles around in your head for a long...
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Ray Bennett
Ang Lee's lugubrious spy epic Lust, Caution brings to mind what soldiers say about war: that it's long periods of boredom relieved by...
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dont miss it

By oike
Ang Lee is one of two director can bring Eileen Chang's work to the screen. another one is Wong Kai-Wai. Tony Leung is the dream actor for all directors, u will have this feeling as long as u have...


By beetboop111
Absolutely one of the most beautiful films of all times. The irony is that it is an action thriller and still manages to be gorgeous....

Can't miss

By Trilobitus
I have my belief in Ang! The cast is great, the story is unbelievable....

Lust, Caution

By djpines
What a powerful film. Kept drawing me into the storyline. However, I think there was no need for the explicit sex scenes. This, to me, was the only negative to the film and would keep a certain...

Lust Caution (the ring)

By movieislife
You won't believe how many interpretations out there for this movie. That's the beauty of this cinema masterpiece. You have to have a very observing and imaginary mind, or at least a decent sense...

Beautiful, & haunting film

By Duppy_Conqueror
Great movie, compelling story, gorgeous cinematography. Definitely worth checking out. It is, however, not an action movie, so if your expecting Bourne Identity it's not for you....

Proceed with Caution

By Divadrummer
Lust, Caution is a polarizing film. I suspect some will see this and love it for the setting, intrigue, costumes, and subtle characterizations. Others will find it plodding, opaque, and full of...

This movie is unbelievable!

By amoonwy
I couldn't get out of the movie even days after I watched it. I kept thinking every details of each scene. I can still feel the atmosphere of Old Shanghai and the fears betweens the characters. Both...

Not the movie for me

By film-fanatic
Beautiful scenery and costumes are present throughout the film as well. I thought Tony Leung was brilliant as Mr. Yee. You despised Mr. Yee, but also caught a glimpse that he was just a vulnerable...

Very well done

By yxj002
Very nice movie with good plots...

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Rated NC-17 | For some explicit sexuality
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Explicit, subtitled WWII drama is for adults only.
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