• Released
  • April 20, 2001
  • NR , 1 hr 26 min
  • Psychological Drama
    Erotic Drama
88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
If you understand who the characters are and what they're supposed to represent, the performances are right on the money.
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75

Baltimore Sun

By Chris Kaltenbach
Like "Tango," Wang's film also seeks to uncover whether sex without emotion is really possible, or worth the effort.
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63

Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
Provoke us into examining whether the onus is on the man for turning it into a commercial proposition or the woman for agreeing to his offer.
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58

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Too arty by half.
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50

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
It certainly has its moments (erotic and otherwise), but there just aren't enough of them.
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50

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
Wang's film doesn't really have anything more to say about power, manipulation and the wild unpredictability of sexual energy than "Last Tango" did 30 years ago.
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50

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
All Center of the World has is the double entendre of its title, some unremarkable dramatic and sex scenes, and some embarrassing moments for its very game co-stars.
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50

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Where Mike Figgis' film, with Nicolas Cage and Elisabeth Shue, bore deeply and darkly into emotional territory, The Center of the World turns out to be just as fake as its setting.
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50

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
It's only when he (Wang) slows down and allows the characters to connect emotionally that his movie's unflinching honesty takes your breath away.
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25

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
One pities poor Molly Parker, a fine actress who was somehow persuaded to disrobe for this degrading and dispiriting Wayne Wang film.
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44 out of 100
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