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My Blueberry Nights

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China, France, United States · 2007
1h 35m
Director Wong Kar-wai
Starring Norah Jones, Jude Law, David Strathairn, Rachel Weisz
Genre Drama, Romance

After a nasty breakup, Elizabeth leaves her friends and memories behind to chase her dreams across the country. Picking up a string of waitress jobs along the way, she crosses paths with a series of lost souls. As she listens to their stories, she ultimately gains clarity on her own problems.

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Wall Street Journal by

Alternately precious and vapid, the movie attempts to wrest metaphors from a jar of house keys, and eternal verities from pastry. Slice the pie how you will, it's still half-baked.


Salon by Andrew O'Hehir

My Blueberry Nights may not quite be what fans of either Jones or Wong Kar-wai -- directing his first film in English -- are expecting. It's a late-night, lovelorn mood piece in a minor key, not complicated or convoluted, finally more confection than substance.


USA Today by Claudia Puig

Often ponderous, sometimes pretentious and mostly clichéd, this contrived meditation on longing and loss feels like a missed opportunity.


Premiere by Glenn Kenny

All this is frustrating, as the picture contains a few grace notes that remind one what an acute filmmaker Wong can be.


Village Voice by Michelle Orange

The disappointment here doesn't have much to do with Wong doing America--he's been doing America for years, even in Chinese--but with Wong doing Wong, and not up to his own standard.


Variety by Todd McCarthy

As much a trifle as its title suggests, My Blueberry Nights sees Hong Kong stylist Wong Kar Wai applying his characteristic visual and thematic doodles to a wispy story of lovelorn Yanks.


New York Post by V.A. Musetto

The biggest problem is Wong's decision to cast Norah Jones as Elizabeth, a New Yorker who hits the road after a love affair goes bad. Jones, in her first movie, can't act. (There, I said it!)

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