Millennium Mambo Synopsis
A woman (Shu Qi) is torn between her boyfriend (Tuan Chun-hao) and a businessman (Jack Kao).
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San Francisco Chronicle

Cause for celebration. It's not only a cracking good film, but it is the first by Taiwanese master Hou Hsiao-hsien to gain a national...
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Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
This is a great companion piece to Hou's masterly "Flowers of Shanghai" and fresh evidence of his status as Taiwan's greatest filmmaker.
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Film Threat

By Phil Hall
This extraordinary work of cinematic art is among the most sublime, compelling and beautifully crafted films to grace the big screen.
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New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
The film is dark, both literally and figuratively. Only at the very end do we get a glimpse of the sun.
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The A.V. Club

By Scott Tobias
Millennium Mambo is a resolutely minor work, so enveloped in ennui that it never gets past the surface of things. But those surfaces are...
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L.A. Weekly

By John Powers
Jean-Luc Godard famously declared that all it takes to make a movie is a girl and a gun. Both turn up in Millennium Mambo, a ravishing...
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
If Millennium Mambo is the only chance to see Hou Hsaio-hsien's work at a movie theater, you'd better take it.
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TV Guide

By Ken Fox
Not much happens on the surface of Hou Hsiao Hsien's latest film...Nevertheless, it can break your heart.
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Los Angeles Times

By Manohla Dargis
There's wonderful promise in Hou's attempt to make a movie about the kind of woman who's usually part of the scenery.
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Village Voice

By J. Hoberman
In a sense, Millennium Mambo is a mildly prurient portrait of Shu moving, drinking, smoking, and changing clothes -- it's analogous to one...
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