• 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times
    If you understand who the characters are and what they're supposed to represent, the performances are right on the money.
  • 75
    Chris Kaltenbach Baltimore Sun
    Like "Tango," Wang's film also seeks to uncover whether sex without emotion is really possible, or worth the effort.
  • 70
    Stephen Hunter Washington Post
    Wang is working on your mind, not your body.
  • 50
    Gregory Weinkauf New Times (L.A.)
    For better or worse the movie is simply simple -- the project's quality and significance depend upon one's perspective: Is this a daring and impressive homespun yarn or just a very middling stab at soft-core?
  • 50
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide Magazine
    Wang's film doesn't really have anything more to say about power, manipulation and the wild unpredictability of sexual energy than "Last Tango" did 30 years ago.
  • 50
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune
    All Center of the World has is the double entendre of its title, some unremarkable dramatic and sex scenes, and some embarrassing moments for its very game co-stars.
  • 50
    Lou Lumenick New York Post
    It certainly has its moments (erotic and otherwise), but there just aren't enough of them.
  • 50
    L.A. Weekly
    We should be thankful for the courage of Wang and his cast in standing against a culture that nervously treats sex as either a prurient joke or a puritan crime.
  • 40
    Robert Horton Film.com
    In this case, I have to say, the sense of boredom.
  • 30
    Peter Rainer New York Magazine (Vulture)
    The dance he (Wang) ended up with is on the wrong lap.