Because of the movie's episodic structure and lack of expository detail, the visuals bear the greatest narrative burden.
For long stretches of this tantalizing, romantic, aggravating film-until just before its extremely satisfying ending, in fact-I wished Lou had caught a little spring fever himself, cranked up the volume, and turned on the lights.
David FearTime Out
All that's left is to enjoy the ravishing visuals, which range from gorgeously dusky scenes of semidarkness to the sort of smeary neon palettes that Wong Kar-wai has virtually patented.
The Hollywood Reporter
Artistically uneven, emotionally strained but at times sullenly poetic depiction of a sexually confused love pentangle.