Paul Elliott’s review published on Letterboxd:
This final film from writer and director Edward Yang is a heartfelt creation that platforms the multiple characteristics of the excitement and mysteries associated with love, as well as reflections on its speculative possibilities. It narratively revolves around the personal trials and tribulations of three generations of a conservative Taiwanese family who live in Taipei, and it interlaces it's sentimental and compassionate threads together with poignant consequences.
The movie contains an abundance of subplots with some beautiful supporting characters all strengthening a sumptuous tapestry for the late auteur to enunciate his life experiences and his perceptive observations; all conveyed through sweeping and extraordinary performances from his cast. Yi Yi is a contemplative film which Yang packs with questioning vistas that manage to encompass an expanse of emotions and results in a significant and sensitive analysis of humanity.