MaCall Polay
Owen Gleiberman
April 04, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

My Blueberry Nights

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
runtime
90 minutes
Limited Release Date
04/04/08
performer
Norah Jones, Jude Law, Natalie Portman, David Strathairn, Rachel Weisz
director
Wong Kar-Wai
distributor
The Weinstein Company
author
Lawrence Block, Wong Kar-Wai
genre
Drama, Romance

We gave it a B-

In his first English-language film, the Hong Kong avant-pop auteur Wong Kar-Wai shoots American dive bars in gorgeous hot reds, and he teases out moments of terrific acting — from David Strathairn and Rachel Weisz as a bitter, raging couple, and from Natalie Portman as a Dixie-broad poker fiend with daddy issues. But Norah Jones, making her big-screen debut as a wistful wanderer, is a beautiful blank, and the fragments barely add up to a movie. My Blueberry Nights hints that buried in Wong’s spicy odd noodlings may be an even better conventional filmmaker. B-

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