Ang Lee’s New Film is That Boring?
Anthony Lane reviews Lust, Caution (starts on the 2nd paragraph):
The new Ang Lee film, “Lust, Caution,” is opening wide across the country, and I consider it my responsibility to give prospective viewers the information they require. And here it is: ninety-five. That is the number of minutes that elapsed, by my watch, between the start of the film and the start of the sex, and from that you can calculate your own schedule. Those who enjoy lush costume dramas, and consider them a relief from the obscenity that bedevils modern cinema, can get up and leave after an hour and a half, thus sparing themselves the first, aggressive ravishment, and crossing paths in the foyer with their incoming opposites—honest types who can’t really enjoy a drama until the costume starts to come off.