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Back to 1942 Reviews

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James Spillane
Slant Magazine

The resulting, highly uneven film excels at dramatic set pieces, but stumbles in the sections that link them together.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

November 21, 2012
Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
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A chronicle of unrelenting misery, sorrow and human degradation that has powerful moments but is hardly uplifting.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/4

November 29, 2012
Jay Weissberg
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Shifting between individual suffering (performed, not felt) and extended political and business deliberations, the pic displays its budget but not its heart.

Full Review Source: Variety

November 29, 2012
Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
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Director Feng Xiaogang captures the epic scale of the exodus as well as the often-harrowing details, yet emotional connection proves more elusive.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

November 29, 2012
Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
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It catalogs agony without making you feel it.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

November 29, 2012
Deborah Young
Hollywood Reporter
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There is surprisingly little emotional resonance with the well-drawn and acted characters, making it a tiring two and a half hour trek for filmgoers who don't have a stake in the history it recounts.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

November 29, 2012
Don Groves

Chinese epic illuminates a dark chapter in its WWII history

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3.5/5

November 19, 2012
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

Disaster movie and war movie in one dramatic realisation of a dark chapter in China's history, Back to 1942 is epic in its intentions and its scope

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

November 24, 2012
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International

A relatively even-handed account of a famine which killed three million people, but the storytelling is so careful that it fails to build much interest or emotion.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

November 30, 2012
Mark Jenkins
Washington Post
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"Back to 1942" shows the director's mastery of chaotic spectacle, massed human motion and elegant camera movements.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 30, 2012
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