(2004)

Critic Reviews

29

Metascore

Based on 11 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
100
Provocative and poignant.
60
At once a tender love story and a psychological suspense drama that lays bare the acute tensions that threaten to tear apart an upwardly mobile suburban L.A. Chinese American family.
40
Variety
Messy admixtures of drama and mockery crucially undermine pic's serious message.
40
Lee obviously wants to portray Ethan as something other than the dutiful No. 1 son, but Ethan isn't entirely convincing as a doped-up street hustler.
40
The A.V. Club
Without contrivances, the movie would only run about five minutes.
30
"Soppy" doesn't begin to describe this 2004 drama by Quentin Lee.
30
The New York Times
By the time we reach the "Butch Cassidy"-inspired climax, any filaments of credibility still clinging to these characters have completely disappeared.
25
New York Post
The one highlight is Julia Nickson, who breathes life into the role of Ethan's evil stepmom.
20
Nobody onscreen seems to realize that this deadeningly self-serious treatment of family dysfunction is so overwrought that it becomes a spot-on satire of low-budget ineptitude.
0
Desperately wants to deal dramatically with the legitimate issues of homosexuality, tolerance, homelessness and drug use. But to do so, the movie, like Ethan, would first need to grow up.

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