Darren Carver-Balsiger’s review published on Letterboxd:
Yi Yi is one of those rare films that seems to be about everything that matters in our lives. It's the story of a family and uses different generations to cover an entire life. We see youth, adolescence, marriage, middle age, and death. The stories overlap and its devastating in its cumulative buildup of life's problems. We can't see what's behind us, we forgot our own past. Everything we do might seem new to us but everything repeats. Yi Yi shows us this melancholia so central to our lives. Regrets and repeated mistakes, passed from one to another. Then we get to the final scene, a sequence so pure that it spans from the young to the old and threads everybody together. It made me cry. Yi Yi is very wise film indeed.