(2002)

Critic Reviews

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Metascore

Based on 9 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
100
One of the best Hong Kong films of 2002.
80
Variety
An utterly charming retro romancer set against a background of '70s movie going. Full of lovely touches and well-etched performances, and flawed only by a bland male lead.
75
A romantic kung-fu comedy with a good heart.
60
Chicago Reader
While not particularly cohesive, this 2002 film has some nice moments of comedy and father-son poignancy.
60
Like Giuseppe Tornatore's "Cinema Paradiso," Just One Look is a tribute to the formative power of cinema, a coming-of-age film that nimbly interweaves the adolescent hero's struggles with clips from the movies that shape his romanticized notions of life.
60
Fails to overcome its recycled elements but displays a winning spirit that's hard to dislike.
50
Filled with nostalgia for old Chinese movies, respectable performances and lively kung-fu slapstick.
50
The A.V. Club
Fantasy sequences in which Yu and his friends are thrown into the world of a '70s kung-fu film or melodrama seem like a clever way to evoke the period and bring their story to another plane, but they just end up looking cheesy, spoiled by half-executed effects. "Goodbye, Dragon Inn" this ain't.
30
Village Voice
Dishwater-dull period melodrama.

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