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Chicago Tribune
This is a movie for all cultures and all people, for families and especially for those who have lost them.
Entertainment Weekly
Ken Takakura, a great rain-creased oak of an actor, delivers a quietly massive performance.
The Hollywood Reporter
Turning away from his highly entertaining epics "Hero" and "House of Flying Daggers," Zhang Yimou goes for utter simplicity in Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles, a film of much distilled wit and wisdom.
Miami Herald
Cynics may not fall for its melodrama, but Riding Alone is good for everyone else, including children.
Zhang's film is sweet and sentimental nearly to a fault; luckily, he's such a master, you'll hardly notice how shamelessly you're being manipulated.
Although "Riding" is a small-scale movie as opposed to a big-scale epic, it is just as ambitious.
It's the kind of story that shows more than it tells, a story that's forged in the spaces that exist in between characters and spaces.
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
My mood kept fluctuating, as did my reaction when the end credits rolled: This is seriously lovely; this is fluff; this is seriously lovely fluff.
New York Post
Riding Alone features a moving performance by Takakura (often called the Asian Clint Eastwood), as well as pretty cinematography. But the mushy script, co-written by Zhang, never rises above that of a TV soap opera.
Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou has created so many memorable films (most recently the wuxia double-play "Hero" and "House of Flying Daggers") that one can easily excuse his new clinker Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles.

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