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Purple Butterfly Review

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  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Too often, Purple Butterfly is as impenetrable as Zhang's placid, obdurate beauty.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    Mr. Lou synthesizes a wide range of styles and influences - from "Casablanca" to Wong Kar-wai - resulting in a movie that, for all its haunting strangeness, seems curiously familiar.

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  • 90

    out of 100

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    As atmospheric and moody as a film noir, the stylish, sometimes perplexing Purple Butterfly is a remarkable period piece, evoking the bustling, dense and increasingly dangerous Shanghai of the '30s

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