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Rating: ***1/2
Creative Loafing (Charlotte)  |  Matt Brunson  |  11-21-2012  |  Reviews

Ang Lee's Behind-the-Scenes Woodstock Dramedy is a Charmernew

Woodstock happened 40 years ago this month, and we still can't quit it. In Taking Woodstock, director Ang Lee and screenwriter James Schamus do their lovin' best to flash us back to a time when sex wasn't fatal (although some abortions were) and people still had the audacity to keep hope alive.
Pittsburgh City Paper  |  Harry Kloman  |  08-31-2009  |  Reviews

'Taking Woodstock': A Garden of Earthly Delightsnew

The director of Brokeback Mountain looks for peace and love in another decade and finds it at the legendary festival with the story of one key participant.
Austin Chronicle  |  Marjorie Baumgarten  |  08-28-2009  |  Reviews

Ang Lee's 'Taking Woodstock' is a Marvelous, Unabashedly Nostalgic Trip Backnew

Lee (born in 1954) is just barely old enough to claim membership in the Woodstock generation, even if he was living in his native Taiwan at the time. Still, the Oscar-winning director nails the groovy vibe as effortlessly as he conjured up 1970s suburbia in The Ice Storm.
INDY Week  |  Laura Boyes  |  08-28-2009  |  Reviews

Ang Lee and James Schamus Take a Dry Look at Free-Love in 'Taking Woodstock'new

The same year as Woodstock, Arthur Penn's anti-bucolic Alice's Restaurant memorably said farewell to hippiedom's illusions. Penn's insights seemed ahead of his time; It's depressing that he was also ahead of Lee and Schamus 40 years later.
New York Press  |  Armond White  |  08-28-2009  |  Reviews

'Taking Woodstock' is Ang Lee's Lamest Movie Evernew

If this film winds up being all that remains after a nuclear holocaust, it’ll be a valuable document. Otherwise, zzz.
Las Vegas Weekly  |  Mike D'Angelo  |  08-27-2009  |  Reviews

Ang Lee's 'Taking Woodstock' is a Bad Tripnew

You'd expect more from Lee, who is unquestionably a talented director. But his direction here, aside from an impressive sequence or two, is lackluster and flabby, like a loose joint of skanky weed.
San Diego CityBeat  |  Anders Wright  |  08-26-2009  |  Reviews

Ang Lee Revives an Idealistic View of a Legendary Event in 'Taking Woodstock'

Taking Woodstock falls squarely within Lee's sweet spot. This may not be a look at the Woodstock that was, but it's fairly charming as a look at the Woodstock that we sort of wish it had been.
Salt Lake City Weekly  |  Scott Renshaw  |  08-25-2009  |  Reviews

'Lust, Caution' Offers Arty Escapismnew

When your choices are limited to the Dane Cook comedy, the depressing 9-11/Afghanistan/Iraq War film, the ubiquitous cops-mafia-drugs drama, and Sawstel, I say by all means bring on the World War II-era, foreign-language erotic espionage thriller by Academy Award-winning director Ang Lee.
San Antonio Current  |  Ashley Lindstrom  |  10-31-2007  |  Reviews

Ang Lee Rethinks Hitchcock's 'Notorious'new

Lust, Caution is a great romantic movie, with a full Kowloon moon, a cruel antihero and silks, lipstick and knives. At the end, though, it is maddening.
Metro Silicon Valley  |  Richard von Busack  |  10-11-2007  |  Reviews

Ang Lee Turns Up the Heat in 'Lust, Caution'new

Lee, as always, is a master of character nuance, but Lust, Caution may prove tougher sledding for audiences than his previous work.
Los Angeles CityBeat  |  Andy Klein  |  10-05-2007  |  Reviews

Ang Lee's 'Lust Caution' is Oddly Not Hotnew

For a film with such crackling sex scenes and a high-profile NC-17 rating, it leaves the viewer strangely cold.
San Diego CityBeat  |  Anders Wright  |  10-03-2007  |  Reviews

'Lust, Caution' is Drained of All Delightnew

The film is sonorous and dull in the same way as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: It takes disreputable, pulpy pleasures and beats them to death with decorum.
Willamette Week  |  Aaron Mesh  |  10-03-2007  |  Reviews

'Lust, Caution' is a Cautionary Sex Talenew

Ang Lee finally makes the film he's always wanted.
New York Press  |  Armond White  |  09-27-2007  |  Reviews

Ang Lee Touches His True Selfnew

"This movie is very personal for me. Not only because I'm going back to Chinese-language film. The characters in the movie, I find myself directing them with my personal knowledge, with feelings and things inside of me that I'm not aware of," explains Lee.
New York Press  |  Jennifer Merin  |  09-27-2007  |  Profiles & Interviews

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