Springtime in a Small Town Synopsis
A married woman (Hu Jingfan) and a long-ago sweetheart (Xin Baiqing) reunite.
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The Guardian

By Peter Bradshaw
It is a beautifully acted, exquisitely considered chamber drama of subtlety and nuance: spellbindingly tender and utterly involving
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100

Los Angeles Times

By Manohla Dargis
For Tian, who was banned from directing by Chinese authorities for a decade, it marks a triumphant return; for those who have loved the...
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100

Village Voice

By J. Hoberman
Tian's movie seems to be among the finest expressions of the Chinese new wave.
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90

Variety

By David Stratton
Exquisitely made love story.
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90

L.A. Weekly

By Scott Foundas
Simply put, it represents the work of a filmmaker so exhilaratingly in command of his craft that he can, among other things, turn a single...
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88

New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
Can be summed up in one word: style.
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
There's a painterly translucence to this ''Springtime,'' and a mystery, too; each frame is as delicately poised and lit as a Vermeer...
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80

Empire

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Beautifully photographed by Mark Lee (who also co-shot Wong Kar-Wai's In The Mood For Love), and delicately played by an untried cast, this...
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80

The New York Times

By Stephen Holden
As Mark Li Ping-bing's beautiful cinematography observes the change of season, the movie becomes a broader meditation on rebirth, and how,...
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

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Only a director who truly knows repression could have made a movie so subtle and so understanding.
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Beautifully Paced and Acted Tribute to Chinese Film-making History

By lugubriousthespian
SPRINGTIME IN A SMALL TOWN is a heartbreakenly flawless tribute / remake to an older film of the same name which premiered during a time a great change inn China and it was banned for several years. ...

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Rated PG | For Some Thematic Elements