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33 Postcards (2013)

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 4.5/10
Reviews Counted: 15
Fresh: 4
Rotten: 11

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Average Rating: 4.2/10
Reviews Counted: 7
Fresh: 1
Rotten: 6

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.1/5
User Ratings: 390

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Movie Info

For ten years, Chinese orphan Mei Mei (Zhu Lin) dreams of meeting her Australian sponsor - Dean Randall (Guy Pearce) - and his 'perfect family'. When her orphanage travels to Australia to attend the Australian Choir Festival, Mei Mei takes the opportunity to look him up. What she finds, however, is far from the idyllic life he depicted in his postcards. Initially mismatched and disconnected, the two begin a journey in search of belonging, family, redemption, love and acceptance. (c) Gravitas

Rating:
Unrated
Genre:
Drama , Musical & Performing Arts , Art House & International
Directed By:
Written By:
Pauline Chan , Philip Dalkin , Martin Edmond
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Aug 26, 2013
Runtime:
Gravitas Ventures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for 33 Postcards

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (4) | Rotten (11)

Innocence meets experience, unconvincingly, in the strained redemption drama "33 Postcards."

Full Review… | May 17, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Were it not for the staccato bursts of violence, this Chinese-Australian co-production about how an adorable orphan brings love into the life of a hardened convict would feel like a film from Hayley Mills' heyday.

Full Review… | May 17, 2013
New York Post
Top Critic

It's all in the name of heartstring tugging, and the film, directed by Pauline Chan ("Little White Lies"), does that pretty well.

Full Review… | May 16, 2013
New York Times
Top Critic

There's no explaining the presence of Guy Pearce in Pauline Chan's sappy, atonal family drama. But it's easy enough to understand why he looks so uncomfortable throughout.

Full Review… | May 16, 2013
New York Daily News
Top Critic

A clunky hybrid-half feel-good weepie, half preposterous thriller-that functions primarily as an elaborate travel brochure ...

Full Review… | May 16, 2013
AV Club
Top Critic

Just when you think it can't get any more sentimental or tack on any more plot detours, the film attempts a clumsy cultural détente as the Chinese children's choir sings "Waltzing Matilda."

Full Review… | May 15, 2013
New York Observer
Top Critic

Great Aussie crime thriller droops at the end but pulls through thanks to Guy Pearce.

Full Review… | May 27, 2013
Monsters and Critics

The "oh-so-innocent waif and big old baddie" odd-couple formula dates back to D.W. Griffith, but this muddled effort does nothing to merit its questionable revival.

Full Review… | May 17, 2013
Film Journal International

The film has a few good story turns up its sleeve, but prepare yourself for heavy melodrama in the third act.

Full Review… | May 16, 2013
Oregonian

Sweet to the point of getting a sugar rush. Underwritten and under-directed in style and realization, it has all the substance of a confection.

Full Review… | May 16, 2013
Cinema Signals

Touching story about how the spiritual practice of enthusiasm works wonders in the life of a man in prison.

Full Review… | May 15, 2013
Spirituality and Practice

33 Postcards is merely the latest in a long line of films to throw in needless crime subplots as a way of shortcutting things emotionally.

Full Review… | May 14, 2013
Aisle Seat

Orphan Mei Mei discovers dubious desired dad Guy Pearce is not exactly what he seems. Nor is this movie, taking a surprising turn away from the conventional, as it embraces collective values over the usual quest and flight into Western individualism.

Full Review… | May 14, 2013
WBAI Radio

Pauline Chan's film is a jumbled mixture of redemptive uplift and genre hijinks.

Full Review… | May 13, 2013
Slant Magazine

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