V’s review published on Letterboxd:
Love isn't always like in childrens books. Films are really trying to keep that impression floating on the surface, because that's what we're all looking for - all-encompassing love that never really dies - and that's what sells. There are very few films that actually portray love as it is in reality, how it requires efforts from both persons, how it sometimes implies risks and how difficult it can be. In the Mood for Love manages to do exactly that, and, aside from the rich colours, the short, trenchant shots and the unforgettable score, that's the reason why I gave it 4.5 stars.
Why not 5 stars? Mainly because it didn't impact me as much as I expected it to. But it's (almost, maybe) a masterpiece, the missing half star being entirely subjective.