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80

Metascore

Based on 9 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
100
Hou's sensitivity plus Ozu's inspiration equals sublimity of sight and sound.
100
Hou's best film since "The Puppetmaster" (1993). It's also his most minimalist effort to date, slow to reveal its depths and beauties, and it marks a rejuvenation of his art.
88
Chicago Tribune
It's a film objet d'art to contemplate and treasure.
80
The Hollywood Reporter
This poetic portrait of simple Japanese life immerses you in the elegance of the ordinary.
80
Village Voice
Exquisitely understated.
70
The New York Times
Café Lumière stands in relation to "Tokyo Story" as a faint, diminished echo. It is nonetheless a fascinating curiosity, a chance to witness one major filmmaker paying tribute to another in the form of a rigorously minor film.
70
The film is an original work by a filmmaker who throughout his career has absorbed the best of what Ozu had to teach, and as such it stands as beautiful tribute from one master to another.
67
The A.V. Club
Concerns feelings that can't be expressed, relationships that can't flower, and connections that are impossible to bridge.
60
Variety
Hou fans will find what they're looking for; others will wonder when the action starts.

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