• Released
  • September 28, 2007
  • NC-17 , 2 hr 39 min
  • Art House/Foreign
    Drama
  • 251 Fan Ratings
Synopsis: Set in the WWII-era in Shanghai, a young woman gets swept up in a game of emotional intrigue.

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TV Guide

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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88

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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88

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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75

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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75

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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75

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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70

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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58

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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50

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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50

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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Rated NC-17 | For some explicit sexuality
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says not for kids Explicit, subtitled WWII drama is for adults only.
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