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Entertainment Weekly
Tsai builds this shimmering story with deft, deadpan wit and a warm, understated love of the absurd, both in life and afterlife.
Tsai's cinematic style is unique: He unfolds his stories in long, static shots that let you discover their surprises and mysteries on your own. And that's great fun. What Time Is It There? is perky, entertaining, and one of a kind.
This wonderful, one-of-a-kind movie hops from Taiwan to France, from tragedy to deadpan comedy and, in its mysterious conclusion, from the worldly to the otherworldly.
Tsai not only gives the audience a chance to breathe but also lets us luxuriate in the mood of deadpan melancholy his movie evokes so beautifully.
The A.V. Club
Tsai's latest, What Time Is It There?, runs his usual themes and obsessions through a whimsical premise worthy of Wong Kar-Wai, striking such an exquisite balance between humor and despair that the moods comfortably coexist, just as they do in real life.
Washington Post
The story that emerges has elements of romance, tragedy and even silent-movie comedy.
Takes raw grief as its point of departure only to play out as a comedy of deadpan heartbreak.
More of the same from Taiwanese auteur Tsai Ming-liang, which is good news to anyone who's fallen under the sweet, melancholy spell of this unique director's previous films.
Rolling Stone
The result is a film of surprise and wonder, lyrically attuned to the ticking intensity of romance.
New York Post
Very slowly builds to an emotional payoff in a devastating scene where the three main characters simultaneously seek relief in sex.

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