"A feast for the eyes and succor for the soul."
— Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"The film is alive with delicacy and feeling...It's a beauty."
— Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"In the Mood For Love is ravishing beyond mortal words."
— Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"There may be no more sensual director in the world today than Hong Kong's Wong Kar-Wai."
— Sean Axmaker, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"A stylistic tour de force, one that wordlessly emotes and wears its emotions on its literal silk sleeves."
— Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"A genuinely wonderful movie; at once old-fashioned and entirely contemporary, subtly erotic, effortlessly cool."
— Neil Norman, London Evening Standard
"It's a masterpiece, a sublime tone poem that shows what cinema is capable of when it tries to do more than just tell a story."
— Peter Brunette, Film.com
"This enthralling, enigmatic, romantic drama from Asia's most influential auteur (Chungking Express) is an essay in appetite and inhibition."
— Richard Corliss, Time
"Probably the most breathtakingly gorgeous film of the year, dizzy with a nose-against-the-glass romantic spirit that has been missing from the cinema forever. "
— A.O. Scott, The New York Times
"The result is a kind of ultimate romantic film, joining an almost Jamesian sadness and discipline to that extraordinary visual sensibility. It's not the kind of thing you see every day."
— Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"Rapturously elegant and deeply sexy in a deliciously restrained way. One of the most romantic movies I have ever seen, right up there with 'Brief Encounter' and 'Casablanca.'"
— Jonathan Foreman, New York Post
"It is undeniable in its poignancy, an ecstatic vision of what might have been, though as much for its story as for the fact that the whole thing dissolves like a paper fan in rain, an evanescent masterwork."
— Manohla Dargis, L.A. Weekly
"Her (Cheung) gorgeously sad face and slow, lithe frame are the movie's hammer and chisel. One shot of her walking away from a rented room down a hallway is, all by itself, twice the movie of anything else currently in theaters. "
— Michael Atkinson, Mr. Showbiz