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To Live (Huo zhe) Reviews

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February 15, 2008
It rushes through history as if it were firemen rushing to a fire.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
May 20, 2003
| Original Score: 2.5/4
April 10, 2018
It's a film of handsome backdrops and often complexly comic scenes, but also of stultifying pointlessness.
January 1, 2000
"To Live" is a simple title, but it conceals a universe.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
April 11, 2019
His film grows progressively in meaning and resonance as it develops. Highly recommended.
June 24, 2006
Zhang's purpose is less to show the oppressive iniquities of Mao's era than to evoke the optimistic spirit that allowed people to survive it.
August 30, 2002
Presents a sober view of Chinese life where the destinies of individuals are determined by forces beyond their control.
November 19, 2003
As is typical with Zhang's films, this one is gripping and leaves you with admiration for the brave souls who survive under totalitarian rule.
| Original Score: 5/5
March 29, 2006
Acompanhar a conturbada vida política chinesa entre as décadas de 40 e 70 através de uma perspectiva intimista é uma idéia inteligente e promissora. Infelizmente, parte da força se perde em função do roteiro excessivamente melodramático.
| Original Score: 3/5
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: A
August 22, 2003
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
January 1, 2000
I have never seen a more anti-Communist movie. The horrors of this ideology were everywhere.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 1, 2001
| Original Score: 4/5
January 1, 2000
It's a good movie from a genuinely gifted filmmaker and no less worthy for not being great.
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/5
January 1, 2000
Zhang has managed to grasp a simple truth that so often eludes modern filmmakers - if the story is recognizable and the characters are real, the audience will easily identify with them and be swept away.
May 20, 2003
There is no mistaking the political toughness of this melodrama's message.
July 4, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
March 26, 2009
A well-crafted but in no way earth-shaking entry in the helmer's oeuvre.
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